Passing away

Passing away

In the last stage of your life you will be become weaker. You can – because the disease depletes you and makes you tired – sleep poorly. The family doctor may help you to a few nights of sleep, so you have more energy during the day, and you can talk with the people you love.
If the family doctor is not able to ease the pain, tightness or anxiety, he has one last resort: palliative sedation. In the very last days the family doctor can lower your consciousness.
Maybe you wonder how that will go, dying. You will become weaker. Your breathing is more irregular, the blood pulls itself back to your vital organs. You get cold hands, feet and nose. Your heartbeat becomes irregular and there are pauses in your breathing. Eventually your heart stops. The death occurred. Now begins for your partner and family a period of mourning.


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Quote: The family doctor

People who die can get all kinds of nasty symptoms, because their bodies slowly weakens. They get more and more complaints and they are bedridden. They need 24/7 care. As a family doctor I can help, but the home care nurse and maybe a clergyman, a social worker or a volunteer, can also assist the family.

Quote: The home care nurse

What an important task for us is, is that we have a signal function. Because we daily see the patient, we can also see his discomfort. Then we can inform the family doctor, if there is pain for example, or if someone is stuffy.

Quote: The family doctor

As more body functions degrade or fail, you become more and more weaker. Nature has made it so,
that your usually become a bit drowsy, or maybe sub-comatose. Eventually you can go into coma, so you’re not aware of what is happening with you or around you.