You can’t cheat death, we will all have to deal with some time or later.
Death has many different names: cancer, diabetes, heart failure or stroke, but the result is all the same.
The process of dying has its own structure and symptoms. It speaks for itself. While these symptoms can differ from time to time and for each person, the last moments before death seem to be similar.
Only few will experience all of these symptoms but, a large majority will experience at least one of the following symptoms.
Death Rattle: In easier words it is the symptom of having a swallowing dysfunction. Usually our tongue rises above the mouth and will push saliva, food or liquid into the throat.
But if you are in your final stages of death, this process will become painful and hard to conduct. One of the things you might experience is the tongue pushes the saliva backwards before the epiglottis covers the air tube. Another is when the tongue does not push the saliva down fully and it will flow into the lungs instead. So basically, death rattle is the process of your lungs trying to breathe through the saliva.
Air Hunger: This symptom is the discomfort of having difficulty with breathing. It is the same feeling of stress when you have asthma and can’t take that deep breathe.
Few experts explain that this discomfort is caused by having a mismatch between our lung’s ability to inflate or deflate air and our brain’s signal.
Terminal Agitation: Accepting something bad is always hard, and when that something is death…well it’s very hard. Few who feel they had a good life and have given all they can, maybe these few accept death as it comes. But others may not feel the same about accepting death.
Terminal agitation is the person’s refusal against death. Rather than leaving in peace, the dying person can let out an agonizing scream and try to run out of bed. Other symptoms of terminal agitation include urine retention, shortness of breath and metabolic abnormalities.
Ways to Accept Death: It will never be easy to accept death. But there are ways you can prepare yourself for it. One way is to remind yourself that death is part of the cycle, you can’t live forever, no-one can. The faster you can accept it, the easier it will be for the ones you care about. Don’t spend the time left worrying about what you can’t change, rather spend it with your loved ones and give them your love.
Another helpful way to accept is to say the words you want to say to those people who matter to you. One of the reasons people fear death is because they have regret on not being able to tell someone your true words. Make it your goal to tell them what you truly wanted to say. Leave no regrets to weigh you down.
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