End of Life

Top 3 Signs of Last Days of Life

The last days of a person are challenging periods of their lifetime.
Joanne Lumsden
2 min

The last days of a person are challenging periods of their lifetime. The process of dying is different between individuals. However, some signs are common among people going through their last days in life. Some of these signs might look disturbing, but you should know that they are a part of the normal dying process. Being able to identify these signs will help you prepare for their demise.

If you use the services of hospice professionals, they help make their last days as peaceful as possible. This article examines the significant signs a person will typically experience before their death day.

3Major Signs of Last Days of Life

  1. Loss of appetite

When a person approaches the end of their life, their yearning for food will be reduced. This is because there is less need for nutrition.  It might be difficult for them to eat at a time like this. You can help them with little bites of food and sips of water.

Sometimes their mouth looks dry. You can help them by putting small ice cubes in their mouth and applying lip moisturizer on their lips. You can also dampen their mouth with a sponge.

2.     ReducedBreathing

As a person approaches their last moments, the frequency of breathing is reduced. Breaths get shallow, and they pause between them. They make some sounds while breathing; this doesn't mean they are in pain or distress. This is because they are not able to absorb fluids in their chest. They may yawn frequently; this is a reaction by the body to get more oxygen. You can help them change their positions so they lay on their side more comfortably. They may breathe faster when they are anxious.Help them by staying close to them and letting them know they are not alone

3.     Restlessness

Your loved ones may appear restless as they approach the end of their journey. They may find it hard to focus on their surrounding environment. Sometimes, they are not able to recognize faces.They may be able to see and hear voices that are not around them. They sleep for long hours, and when they are awake, they may look confused and agitated.You can help them by speaking gently and calming them down. Their environment should be quiet at most times too. They can also experience difficulty in passing urine.


Witnessing a loved person's last days is painful. It is traumatizing for everyone. Talking with their health caregivers and identifying these signs will help you make their passing peaceful and comfortable.

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