I am fascinated to see that the most hits I get on the website are for What happens physically when someone dies? followed by How do you know someone is entering their dying process?
It goes to show how sadly ignorant most of us are about what happens at the end of life. It also make me think about how removed we are from death these days, and how little support is out there to prepare us not just to talk about end of life issues, but to know how to be with someone who is dying. The following links will help you to feel more in control of what’s happening.
Towards the End
The fear of talking about dying
How do you know when someone is beginning their dying process?
Listening and talking about dying
Practicalities to think about when someone is dying
Recognising what the dying person may be feeling
Sitting with a dying person
Difference between end-of-life experiences and drug-induced hallucinations
What happens physically when someone dies
Things between relatives can often become fraught
Summary of important points
Some suggestions for friends of the dying