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Exploring the Mysteries of Life After Death: A Comprehensive Look at What Happens When We Die

Will you be aware about dying, what happens after dying ?

Exploring the Mysteries of Life After Death: A Comprehensive Look at What Happens When We Die
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The significance of death is the end of life. All the vital functions of our body come to halt during this process. 

It indicates the process of complete irreversible cessation of circulatory, respiratory, and brain changes in the body. Fascinated about what happens after you die. Continue reading to learn more about it in depth. 

Physical changes that mark the death

Exploring the Mysteries of Life After Death: A Comprehensive Look at What Happens When We Die
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It’s that moment of life when the physical body stops struggling to survive. Your breathing slows down until it has completely ceased. Your heart stops beating completely. The neurological activity is withheld. Vital systems which consist of organs like the liver, and kidney stop working. The body shuts down completely. It is no longer capable to carry out the actions that are required for living.

Transformation of the body from living into the death of the body is dying. It is the essential process and the last stage of life. 

What is the timeline for death? 

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Dying varies from person to person. The person will die naturally as the process marks the last stage. And then there can occur diseases, some of them which make the person chronically ill, ultimately hastening the process of death which could have been otherwise prevented from dying at a faster pace.

How to know when you are on the verge of death?

The functions of the body slowly fade away day by day. There’s progress toward reducing the activity of all the vital organs in your body. Here are a few signs how you will know whether you are nearing your death – 

1. Decreased levels of physical activity and – the body conserves energy by increasing sleep requirement. The ability to efficiently pump oxygenated blood from the heart also decreases. Without oxygenated blood, the body won’t be active for a longer period of time and can’t be awake. 

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2. Reduced appetite and thirst – The nourishment of both living and dying bodies differ. The appetite reduces drastically from days to months. Eventually leading to loss of appetite. 

3. Bowel and bladder control is lost – it becomes difficult to pass hard stool which is constipation and urinary incontinence can also occur. Laxatives are provided for stool. Foley’s catheter for urination. 

4. Aloneness – interactions with family, friends is reduced as you prefer staying quiet and spending time alone. 

5. Changes in vital signs – Temperature, pulse, respiration, and BP start varying. There’s a steady decline in respiratory rate. All the organs work till the dying stage. Body temperature drops and skin become cold and clammy. 

6. Unconscious – There’s more chance of being unconscious or being in a coma or a dreamy state. Hearing and touch is the last sense to be lost. 

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7. Death rattle – the breathing may go unpredictable for a more extended period. There’s build-up of saliva at the back of the throat that leads to the rattling of the sound when you breathe. 

Bodily changes after death

  • The muscles tend to loosen up. Hence people who have died mostly pee or poop.
  • The body temperature goes down
  • Blood starts settling down due to gravitational pull causing purplish-red pooling of blood spot
  • Rigor mortis occurs; it means stiffening of the muscles and joints.

How painful can death be?

Exploring the Mysteries of Life After Death: A Comprehensive Look at What Happens When We Die
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Does dying really hurt? The pain sensation can vary. Some death that takes place naturally could be painless, just like going to sleep forever. On the other hand, some other deaths could be painful since there’s directing of the blood supply to vital organs from the peripheral parts. During this response, there’s a possibility of experiencing pain. So the medical professionals handle the pain by ensuring the patient’s comfort thereby reducing the severity of the pain. 

Confusion

Just like being born into this world, death is also is an integral component of life. Few ponder what happens to their family or loved ones when they die. In the face of death, rest is feared. Still, others wonder if it’s painful. If you have a beautiful life, be grateful and enjoy it till you are here. Leave the rest into the hands of the future to unravel.

Written By

Spoorthi Nagur is an Intern at Empire Weekly. She was brought up in Bangalore, Karnataka. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in Medicine and Surgery. Penning down her thoughts to express herself. She likes writing poetry and crafting content. Her recreational activity includes photography, sports, and philosophical learning. She is keen to be versatile who aspires to keep learning consistently.

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