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The Dying Process

Death is inevitable: dying concludes our journey on this earth. "There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to be born and a time to die."
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

Preparing for Death
Most people, if given the choice, want to die at home. Find tips to help you prepare for a death at home.

Coping With a Dying Loved One's Anger
Anger is a common stage of coping with a terminal illness. Here are tips for dealing with a dying loved ones' anger.

10 Practical Tasks for Those Facing Terminal Illness
Here are 10 practical tasks regarding the many issues that arise after learning your remaining time is limited due to a terminal illness.

Common Symptoms at the End of Life
Recognize and help manage common end of life symptoms.

Acts of Love: Caring for a Dying Loved One
Information and tips for those caring for their dying loved ones. Includes information on the dying process and steps to take to ensure comfort. Focus on safety, comfort, eating and drinking, and restlessness.

Death Stories - My Experience Caring for a Dying Loved One
Readers share their stories of caring for a dying loved one.

Explaining Death to Children - Tips for Talking About and Explaining Death to...
Readers share how they explained death to their children.

The Five Stages of Life Review
A dying person may prepare for death by using a life review or life reconciliation. These are the five stages of life review.

Dealing with Anger and Death - How Did You Deal with a Loved One's An…
Readers share how they dealt with the anger of a dying loved one.

Interacting with a Dying Person
There are several reasons many people have a difficult time interacting with a dying person including not wanting to face the reality of their own death, not having the time to become involved, and not having the emotional reserves to deal with such an intense situation.

Nearing Death Awareness
Many dying patients exhibit a phenomena of "nearing dath awareness". Find out what this is and what it might look like.

What Is it Like to Die of Lung Cancer?
What is like to die of lung cancer? Many lung cancer patients and their loved ones want to know what to expect when dying of lung cancer.

What is it Like to Die of Kidney Failure?
When dialysis is no longer an options,

How Can I Help My Dying Friend or Loved One?
If your loved one is dying, you might be wondering how you can help. Here is a list of helpful actions you can take to help your dying loved one.

The Five Tasks of Dying
There are five tasks that a dying person should accomplish to have closure at the end of life.

My Loved One is Dying, Do I Have to Tell Him?
My loved one is dying but doesn't know. Do I have to tell her that she is dying?

Unhelpful Actions Toward a Dying Loved One
There are some things that are unhelpful to say and do to a dying friend or loved one. Find out what they are...

Talking to a Dying Loved One
Common beliefs about talking to the dying and tips for talking to a dying friend or loved one.

The Acceptance Stage
Description of the acceptance stage of DABDA, a theory of coping with death made popular by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

Interacting with the Dying - Tips for Interacting with the Dy…
Readers share their tips for interacting with a dying person.

The Dying Process - Share Your Experience with the Dying Process
Share with others what you experienced during the dying process of a patient or loved one.

Being with a Dying Person - Tips for Interacting and Being Wi…
Readers share their tips for interacting with a dying person.

Coping with an Impending Death
Suggestions to help people cope with the impending death of a loved one.

What Happens to My Body Right After I Die?
A timeline of the physical processes that occur to the human body soon after death.

The DABDA Theory of Coping With Death
Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross made the DABDA theory of coping with death popular.

The Dying Process
Death is a personal journey that each individual approaches in their own unique way. Nothing is concrete, nothing is set in stone. There are many paths one can take on this journey but all lead to the same destination.

How to Plan a Funeral or Memorial
The purpose of a funeral is to give meaning to a persons life. Its an opportunity for family and friends to gather and remember the deceased while offering support and comfort to one another. Find information and tips to help you plan the perfect memorial service.

The Dying Process: A Guide for Caregivers
A caregivers guide to the dying process from the Hospice Foundation of America.

Signs and Symptoms of Approaching Death
Common signs and symptoms of approaching death from the Hospice Patients Alliance.

Care at the End of Life - The Dying Process
Information from WebMD about the dying process.

Deciding Where to Die
Making the decision where to spend the last day’s of life isn’t always easy. Each choice has its pros and cons and personal preference can sometimes be trumped by practicality. Find out how you can make that decision.

The Bargaining Stage
Description of the bargaining stage of DABDA, a theory of coping with death.

The Denial Stage
Description of the denial stage of DABDA, a theory of coping with death.

The Depression Stage
Description of the depression stage of DABDA, a theory of coping with death.

The Anger Stage
Discussion of the Anger stage of the DABDA theory of coping with death.

The Dying Process
The dying process is a period of time when the body begins to shut down and prepare for death. It's an important time for the dying person and their loved ones during which they can express their feelings and show their love. The actual process may be very quick or happen gradually. Recognizing that it has begun is important so you can prepare for what's to come and maximize the time you have …

Fear of Death - Share Your Fear of Death
Readers share the reasons why they fear death.

Scared to Death -- of Death
Overview of the reasons many people fear death, including healthy and unhealthy fears and tips for overcoming fears.

DABDA - Did You Experience DABDA After a Death?
Readers share whether they experienced any or all of the five stages of coping with death.

The Dying Process: A Guide for Caregivers
A caregivers guide to the dying process from the Hospice Foundation of America.

Signs and Symptoms of Approaching Death
Common signs and symptoms of approaching death from the Hospice Patients Alliance.

Care at the End of Life - The Dying Process
Information from WebMD about the dying process.

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