Hospice Nurse List Common Things That Happen In Our Final Moments Of Life And What They Mean

She's seen a lot of death in her line of work!

Julie McFadden Hospice Nurse

Some common events that patients experience in their final days, hours, and minutes of life have been recounted by a hospice nurse.

Although the afterlife is unknown to us, we can predict with great certainty what might occur before it.

When someone is close to passing away, there are many obvious indicators, some of which, if misinterpreted, can cause significant distress to close relatives.

As a nurse in a hospice, Julie McFadden helps patients near the end of their lives and makes sure their passing is as painless and peaceful as possible.

She uses her following on TikTok to educate her followers about some of the common things which happen when we are coming to the end of our lives.

Family members may feel uncomfortable or distressed because they don't know what to anticipate, even though the patient may be as comfortable as they can be.

So what are some of the things that could occur to us in our last moments?

The Death Rattle

The death rattle is among the ones that could be the most upsetting to loved ones.

This is a warning indication that someone is near death—it is when breathing becomes more noticeable and louder because of the accumulation of fluid in the lungs.

Although it may sound upsetting, it is quite natural and doesn't give the dying person any major discomfort.

McFadden clarified on her channel on YouTube: "The death rattle is the most normal thing and to be expected at the end of life, however if you're not used to hearing it, it feels like the scariest thing you've ever heard."

Julie McFadden shares her experience of working in a hospice. (@hospicenursejulie/TikTok)
Julie McFadden shares her experience of working in a hospice. (@hospicenursejulie/TikTok)

Feels cold to the touch

The body is 'preparing' itself to die, as evidenced by numerous indicators.

For instance, when a person is dying, their hands, feet, and legs may go cold because their body is trying to save blood near their essential organs.

Seeing departed family members

Individuals frequently see departed loved ones in the same room as them.

McFadden continued: "They will sometimes have conversations right in front of us with these people that we don't see."

Anyone can take this whichever they find most comforting, whether it is folks from our past returning to hasten our journey or our brain's method of consoling us as we pass away.

McFadden shared what she had learned from her work, saying: “What I've learned in hospice nursing and in ICU nursing is that death is not the worst possible thing.

"It has changed my life, me getting to witness so much love I see while my patients are on hospice."