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When you are ready, call the doctor or health care team to verify the death. If you are in the hospital or aged care facility contact one of the staff members.
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Knowing that someone is now in the last days of their life can be difficult. There are some common indications that death may be very near. These may include:
If you think the person you are caring for is very close to death, speak to the doctor or other health care professional as they will be able to assist you. It is okay to ask the health care team about whether they believe the person is dying or ask when they think the person will die.
Death has occurred when:
The person who has died may now look different to you. They may appear pale and their hands and feet may feel cold – this is due to blood no longer circulating. Their jaw may drop as the muscles have relaxed. There may also be passing of urine and faeces. If the person’s position is changed you may hear a sigh or a sound like breathing – this is due to the escape of air from the lungs.