To Conquer Death

To conquer death…

Death is the only thing mankind has not been able to conquer. So far, it remains uncertain as to when and how it may happen. However, everyone will die one day.

Thus far, a dying person who is conscious may know that they are on the verge of dying. It claims that some people may feel enormous pain for hours before death. Others may die in seconds without much pain. Thus far, the awareness of death is much more pronounced in people with terminal illnesses. A sign of approaching death is the person may exclaim for breath. It is because of ‘air hunger’. Hence, they may have noisy secretions when breathing. Breathing air or inhalation requires muscular effort.

Death prediction

It is difficult to predict death. In fact, doctors accept that it is difficult to predict when a person may enter the last stage of their life. So, it is hard to tell what a dying person experiences too. Thus far, that ‘secret’ goes with them.

However, what about the survivors of a near-death situation. They should know what it feels like when they may be about to die? So, what do they experience? Researchers had asked cardiac arrest survivors in a survey. The research was conducted in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Austria. These people had cessation of breathing and heartbeat. Hence, it a near-death experience.

Near-death experience

A total of 39 percent of survivors claims they were feeling some type of consciousness during the resuscitation. Thus far, the feeling was peaceful with a sensation that time slows down or speeds up. So, a total of 13 percent had an experience that there was a separation between them and their bodies. In fact, only 2 percent were fully conscious of what was happening to them during the resuscitation procedure.

Last stages

So far, it may be difficult to see a loved one in the last stages of their life. You may notice a few changes in those who are near and dear to you. There are a few things that you may do to comfort them. So, one of the first signs is loss of appetite. In the final days of life, a person often refuses to eat food. Thus far, eat less and may stop drinking water too.

Another noticeable thing is excessive sleeping. Thus, they have difficulty waking up. This is because their metabolism slows down. So, when near to death the person may sleep longer hours than usual. Thus far, it’s okay. You should let them sleep and let them get up whenever they want. So, when they get up, you may reassure them to get up and walk around a little.

Since activity decreases in the final phase, tiredness normally worsens. Thus, the person experiences lethargy. In addition to this, they may speak less and restrict their movements. Thus far, they confine themselves to bed until the end of life. It may be best not to force them to move around. Hence, allow them, to do that when they please. So far, you may help them with their intent.

Losing interest

Leading up to the final days, a person minimises socialising. They may stop talking to others. Hence, they spend less time with people around them. So, they will find a way to stay alone. It’s perfect okay to let them be the way they want to be. You may remind them of happy memories to cheer them up. However, don’t force them to speak. Let them be.

So far, you may notice a state of confusion, irritation, and restlessness. This may lead to agitation for the slightest reason too. It is a condition in the final phase of life that is known as terminal restlessness.

It is common that the person may hallucinate. They may hear dreamlike sounds and may see images or people that may not be present. Thus far, you may calm them down with soothing music or offering a hug. Use reassuring words that may provide comfort.

Vital parameters

There is a huge shift in their vital parameters when hours away from their death. So, the heart rate becomes irregular and slow. The blood pressure lowers itself and the body temperature may drop. Thus, you may feel hand and feet get cold.

So, the muscles and nervous system of the person weakens considerably close to death. Furthermore, you will notice the breathing pattern changes. Thus, it may become erratic and noisy. It may often stop for few seconds and restart again. It is common in the final days of life.

Thus far, when a person is moments away from death, they may become unconscious. It may be almost impossible and difficult to awaken them in this state. They may possibly hear you because hearing is the last sense to go. However, they may never be in a state to wake up again.

Death – Celebration Of Life

Death – a celebration of life…

Today, most families look to a service that celebrates the life of their loved ones. So, a celebration of life service is a form of end of life ceremony. Celebration of life is normally happening after the physical remains have been taken care of through cremation or burial. Thus far, people may get together to honour the unique lifestyle of the deceased.

Since the celebration of life takes place after the funeral service, it provides more time to plan the event. Hence, you make the decisions. So, you may decide as to how you may want to celebrate the life of your loved one.

Funeral vs celebration of life 

A funeral service is more of a ritual. Thus, it is more to do with the orderly. It may often be a religiously defined passage of the loved one from one social status to another. Whereas, a celebration of life involves more of telling the stories of the deceased. So far, it is interesting that funerals and celebrations of life may have so much in common. However, they often turn out very different.

Thus far, both are a collection of family and friends to share a common loss. They are both, ceremonies to share the loss of a loved one. Whereas one is more entrenched in tradition and the other focuses on the changes in social values. They both serve to help and support the grieving family or the community.

Traditional funerals

Funerals have been around since ancient times. In fact, the first known burial ritual was performed more than 50,000 years ago. So, it is these funeral rituals that people refer to as traditional funerals. It is a more somber event. Thus far, the service may include the visitation, funeral service, and the committal service may perform at the graveside. Thus far, we recognise this funeral type easily.

The visitation or viewing is often prior to the funeral. So, it may be the night before. However, it may be on the same day too. It is a period of time where people may gather to support the family. More importantly, they may pay their respects to the deceased.

Thus far, funeral service is mostly taking place in a funeral home or church. Traditionally a funeral service is led by a priest of a celebrant. So, there is a fairly predictable order of activities. The service may include readings, singing of hymns, and prayers.

So, the committal service takes place at the cemetery. It often happens after a respectful motorcade procession from the funeral service place. Committal service may include several of the same activities that are seen in the funeral service. It often ends as the coffin is lowered into the grave. Thus, the final prayers are recited.

Life celebrations 

A celebration of life concerns with telling of the life stories of the loved one. So, it is the moment in time when people may gather to reflect on their particular personality traits and achievements. Thus far, it may witness the change in their social prominence. It may be described as a hybrid event too. So, combines the many activities of a traditional funeral service and celebration of life. Thus far, a celebration of life service has more opportunities for creativity than a funeral.

So far, some people may view the celebration of life as an alternative to a funeral too. This decision may be based on the wishes of the deceased person or the personality. However, it is not always the case. Sometimes the deceased person may have wished their family and friends to turn death into a party.

Thus far, inappropriate behaviour at a funeral ceremony may be respectable at the celebration of life events. So, there are no strict rules. A celebration of life service may take place a few days and weeks or even years after the funeral.

Joyful event 

Generally, you should expect a joyful event when you attend a celebration of someone’s life. Thus far, the name itself signifies that attending to celebrate, not mourn. The event is less likely to use the convention and format of a religious funeral service. So, it will be more of a party than to commemorate the person’s death. 

Thus far, people attending should remember all the good things about the deceased. So, by definition, it should be joyful and celebratory.










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