Symptoms of Actively Dying That May Need Some Attention

The past few weeks, it has been mentioned several times that my dad is not “actively dying.”

I thought I’d look it up on

A person is actively dying when he/she enters the final stage of life. Understandably this can be a very challenging time for family and/or caregivers.
Many people transition into this final stage without any significant problems. However, according to a study done by Lichter and Hunt in 2000, there are certain symptoms which arise as part of actively dying that require some attention.

The article on the Leading Symptoms of Actively Dying That Require Some Attention provides definitions, information and ways for family and/or caregivers to help in relieving or managing these symptom.

Making the person more comfortable while in the process of actively dying is good not only for the dying person, but also for the caregivers.

These symptoms are listed from most common to least common:

Noisy and moist breathing
Restlessness and agitation
Urinary incontinence
Urinary retention
Nausea and vomiting
Jerking, twitching, plucking


~ by Butch on September 23, 2012.

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