Active dying is the final phase of the dying process, during which the body begins to shut down and the individual experiences various physical and emotional changes. The duration of active dying can vary widely, but it typically lasts for hours to a few days.
During active dying, the individual may experience a range of physical symptoms, including changes in breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure, as well as decreased appetite and difficulty swallowing. They may also experience emotional and spiritual changes, such as increased confusion, restlessness, or anxiety.
The duration of active dying can be influenced by various factors, including the individual’s medical condition, the presence of any underlying illnesses or complications, and the quality of care and support they receive during this time. Hospice and palliative care providers can work with the patient and their family to provide symptom management and emotional support during this challenging time, helping to ensure that the individual is comfortable and cared for throughout the dying process.