Thinking about death can be scary.
Many people have witnessed their loved ones slip away due to illness or injury, making it difficult to contemplate one’s death.
Now a hospice nurse has revealed what it’s really like when you die and why you shouldn’t be afraid.
Nurse Julie McFadden said she’s witnessed “thousands of deaths” and summed up the key things she learned.
She said the first thing people need to know is that when it comes to end-of-life care, people start sleeping a lot more than usual.
“So 18 to 20 hours a day.
“Almost everyone will start reducing food and water, and in the active dying phase, which lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days, they will not eat or drink.
“I would say more than half are starting to see dead relatives, dead loved ones, dead pets.”
She added that this wasn’t scary to her and was actually reassuring.
Nurse Julie said about a third of patients will also experience the “rally or surge.”
“Here they get a boost of energy before they die.
“During the active dying phase, patients have changes in breathing, changes in skin color, and changes in temperature.
“They usually have their mouth and eyes open but not making eye contact,” she added.
While most people fear the end-of-life process, Sister Julie said it’s actually very natural and very peaceful.
She added that knowing these things might make you feel good, saying the body is “biologically programmed to die and take care of ourselves.”
In another clip posted on TikTok, Sister Julie also said she no longer fears death.
She said that because she feels reassured that “her version of God” or a higher power is helping her through life.
In previous videos, the expert commented on how peaceful it can be when people go to their deaths.
She said that when she’s journaling, she sometimes listens back to herself when that higher power tells her “there’s nothing to fear.”
Sister Julie said that sometimes she felt like she was going to a place of “expansion.”
“I think that’s where we go when we die,” she added.
Sister Julie has previously revealed how she is helping her terminally ill patients in their final days.
She also said that another sign your loved one is about to die is the death stare.
The term, coined by the expert herself, refers to when a “darling seems to be staring over you, or staring into the corner of the room or at the ceiling,
“Sometimes they talk and say they see something, but other times they just stare,” she explained.
https://www.the-sun.com/health/6978076/hospice-nurse-really-like-dying-scared/ I’m a hospice nurse – here’s what it’s really like when you’re dying and why you shouldn’t be scared