Life doesn’t come with a guarantee nor death arrives with some notice. How you take care of the body, what do you feed it and how concerned you are about your mental health determines quality of life. Every person born unto this world has to die someday and this is the rule of Nature. None in this universe can escape from the clutches of death. Our death brings about more sadness to the people who love us rather than causing pain to the person dying. Individuals suffering from the death of their loved ones can cope with it by referring to different ways mentioned at www.firsteatright.com.
An unexpected death can shatter some people’s life, create an emptiness in their souls forever (wealth and power don’t compensate for this) and this space can never be occupied until their last breath. Whereas, some people show some signs of dying and witnessing them is even more heart-wrecking. Ageing, degeneration of functioning of body parts and even loss of memory is one of the first steps to indicate that a person is deteriorating. At the fag-end of life when someone is nearing death their body starts showing symptoms. One of them is the change in breathing pattern that can create a rattling sound. This rattling sound is called as a death rattle and this clearly shows that the person is nearing his/her end in life.
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Diseases come with symptoms and with these symptoms the physician diagnoses the diseases and cures it with the right medication. Death too seems to follow this pattern showing up with a few symptoms before it attacks. Only difference is that while the physician might be able to diagnose it and treat it the person might only be saved from a painful dying process but cannot escape the inevitable consequences finally.
Those who are dying might lose their ability to swallow, cough or clear saliva/mucous from the throat, their bronchial secretions might also increase and a couple of days before death, the person might find it painful to even drink a spoonful of water. Sound is produced every time the person breathes- it might be a soft moan, a loud gurgle, snoring or a crackling noise that increases as the person breathes. These sounds seem awkward and unpleasant but thankfully the dying person remains unaware of it. All these signs of death rattle are strong indications that the person is about to die in the next 24 hours but rarely they denote brain injuries too.
The act of swallowing saliva and clearing the throat is a reflex action that’s done in each of us, but death rattle occurs when the person is unable to do this or even swallow phlegm from the back of the throat. They lack the strength to do it, their breathing pattern might change and breaths might vary between quiet to loud. Sometimes they breathe in sharply and then skip a few moments of breathing and then breathe again.
While death rattle is a sign of death, what are the signs/symptoms of death rattle that indicate a fast-approaching death in a person?
The dying person experiences no pain with death rattle, but the entire situation is disturbing and emotional for the people around him/her. Reversing the situation is impossible and the impact can only be subtler when the following are done:
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