CANCER is one of the most prevalent umbrellas of diseases in the UK. Every year thousands of people sadly die from cancer. Although treatments are getting more effective, patients are still losing their lives.
While this stage is final for the patient, it is also final for the friends and family of the patient in question.
As a result, Cancer Research UK say it is important to know these symptoms as it “can help carers and relatives know what to expect” and begin to prepare them for what is to come.
Cancer Research UK say: “When death is very near, you might notice some physical changes such as changes in breathing, loss of bladder control, and unconsciousness.”
They add this is part of the body’s “natural process[es] of slowing down all its functions. How long this takes varies from person to person”.
The process is akin to a big machine shutting down for the last time; all the components power off and slowly all the lights go out.
As easy as this process is to put into words, the experience cannot be so succinctly put.
Cancer Research UK add: “It can be emotionally very difficult to watch someone go through these physical changes. But they are part of the natural dying process.
“They don’t mean that the person is uncomfortable or in distress.”