January 06 2016
Written By
Barbara Karnes, RN
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Forcing Fluids At End Of Life

Forcing Fluids At End Of Life


Barbara - September 12 2018

Hi Sharon, you are right to let go of the idea that your husband needed water and needed to be kept hydrated. Hydration actually creates discomfort when death is approaching. My blessings are with you. Barbara

Sharon Magana - September 12 2018

Thank you for your explanation of the last few days of life. My husband died several days after the death rattle and I always had the fear I could not provide him with the amount of water he needed. He could no longer suck water, speak or in any way let his intentions regarding thirst be given to me. He could still swallow and would take water from a syringe at a limited amount. I have lived with a guilt that I may have dehydrated him and caused his death. Thank you for explaining this very important matter.

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