When Death Occurs at Home

As a person is dying, their body will go through a number of physical changes as it slows down and moves toward the final stages of life. Many of these changes are normal and to be expected. Please remember that each person is different; all of these signs and symptoms won’t occur for everyone. Although the following changes are presented in the order in which they usually appear, some variation is common.

When you notice changes, report them to your home care nurse or family doctor, who can make any needed adjustments in medications and offer practical suggestions. If you have questions or concerns at any time, please talk to the home care nurse, family doctor or one of the Butherus Maser & Love staff members.

We hope that this information will help you prepare for changes that are likely to happen. We include some practical advice and comfort measures to help you in your role as caregiver and advocate.

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How to Support the Dying

There is no “right way” to behave toward a dying person. There are, however, some general principles that will enhance the effectiveness of your support and make your time together more meaningful.

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