Actively dying refers to the final stage of the dying process, during which the body begins to shut down, and the individual experiences a range of physical, emotional, and spiritual changes. Actively dying is characterized by symptoms and signs often associated with the end of life, such as changes in breathing, decreased consciousness, and reduced appetite or thirst.
During the actively dying phase, the individual may experience physical changes such as irregular breathing, decreased blood pressure, skin color or temperature changes, and increased fatigue or weakness. They may also experience emotional changes, such as increased confusion, restlessness, or anxiety.
The duration of the actively dying phase can vary widely, but it typically lasts for hours to a few days. The hospice team can work closely with the individual and their family to provide symptom management and emotional support during this challenging time, helping to ensure that the individual is as comfortable and cared for as possible.
It’s important to note that actively dying is a natural part of the dying process. Healthcare providers and caregivers can provide compassionate care and support to the individual and their loved ones during this time.