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.