Julie is a nurse with several years of experience who works in hospice and has set up a profile on TikTok. She was previously employed in the ICU. The theme of her recordings is death and everything related to it. As she says, she records for educational purposes and to dispel some myths.
In one video, Julie decided to tell her many followers (and she currently has as many as 1.1 million) what the symptoms are when a person dies. In another video, she also revealed what dying people most often say moments before they die.
Hospice nurse reveals what are the first signs that indicate a person is dying
Nurse Julie talked about the characteristic symptoms of the so-called active dying phase.
Symptoms of the active dying phase include changes in consciousness (unconsciousness), breathing, spotting, and final secretions
– explained the nurse.
She explained that a person then stops drinking, eating, and sleeps the vast majority of the time. This is how the body prepares for a peaceful and natural death. The nurse also dispelled one of the more common myths that death hurts. She explained that this only applies to people who are sick. And a natural death is peaceful and painless.
On her TikTok, Julie also revealed what dying people say moments before they die. The most common words are two: “I love you.” Often patients also call their mom or dad, even if their parents have long since passed away.
How do you know when death is coming?
Some of the most common symptoms of impending death include:
- Changes in appearance, including sharpening of facial features.
- Bruising of the skin on the arms or legs, which is the result of deteriorating heart function.
- Progressive debilitation and associated increasing need for support from the community.
- Excessive sleepiness and confusion, unresponsiveness to stimuli.
- Agitation, anxiety, disturbance of consciousness.
- Shallow breathing, apnea, or moments when the patient stops breathing and suddenly starts breathing again, shortness of breath.
- Problem with taking meals, fluids, and medications.
- Exacerbation of pain associated with the disease, but also added due to the severity of the patient’s condition.