COPD - End-of-Life Signs

We’ve received quite a few questions about the end-of-life signs for various types of diseases. COPD is one of them. When the loved ones are at the final days, comfort and support is probably the only thing we can do for them.

When death is near, the body naturally begins to shut down. Manifestations of this may include:

  • Increased sleepiness
  • Increased confusion and agitation
  • Visions and hallucinations
  • Unresponsiveness and/or unconsciousness
  • Decreased interest in food or water
  • Withdrawal from others
  • Inability to control bowels and/or bladder
  • Decrease in body temperature; skin feels cold to the touch
  • Dark, concentrated urine; decrease in urine output
  • Increased, uncontrollable pain
  • Irregular breathing patterns
  • Gurgling or other disturbing noises heard when breathing
  • Unintentional movement
  • Changes in blood pressure, respiration and heart rate
  • Loss of reflexes
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