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In the last days of life parts of your body will stop functioning properly as organs and tissues shut down. You may not be aware of what is happening – this in itself can be part of the dying process – but your carers and loved ones will be aware. Seeing the changes occurring in you can be very distressing for carers and loved ones and they may need extra support to get through this difficult and often exhausting time.


Changes carers may notice include:

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Unless your doctors and nurses have diagnosed that you are in the last days of your life and spoken to you and your loved ones and carers, do not assume that any of the above changes are caused by impending death. There may be other reasons for the changes you notice. Always ask your doctors and nurses if you are in any doubt about what your symptoms mean.

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