When Loved Ones Rally Before Death
Family members are often relieved and hopeful when a dying loved one suddenly becomes more aware of their surroundings or begins talking or eating again. But, are they truly getting better or just consciously preparing for their final journey?
When a person is dying, it is customary for close family members to remain at their bedside, sometimes for days. This time together is precious, allowing loved ones to share final moments, work through accepting the loss, and process what this absence will mean in their lives.
End-of-life journeys are complex. Most people expect or imagine a progressive decline that often ends with a lapse into a coma (a deep state of unconsciousness) shortly before passing away. But in some cases, a loved one’s decline may seem to stop suddenly and inexplicably.
What Is an End-of-Life Rally?
When a person facing the end of life “rallies,” they become more stable and may want to talk or even begin eating and drinking again. Some people describe this phenomenon as a sudden burst of energy before death. This period of perking up can be accompanied by such a notable change in mental clarity…