Resources

The Final Journey

Signs and Symptoms of Approaching Death

St. Joseph Hospice realizes that this is one of the most difficult and stressful times for caregivers. This handout is offered as a guideline to help you understand the natural changes that may take place during the dying process.

No two people experience death exactly the same way. Keep in mind that not all changes or symptoms will appear at the same time. Some may never appear. But because the body, spirit, emotions, and mind are in preparation for the final journey of life, many of these common changes will be seen and can help guide you in caring for your loved one.

Our goal is to help caregivers understand what to expect and prepare them to continue to provide excellent care to their loved one.