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What People Actually Say Before They Die

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Mort Felix life’s end arrived at the age of 77, his body besieged by cancer and his consciousness cradled in morphine, uninterested in music and refusing food as he dwindled away over three weeks in 2012.
Felix’s 53-year-old daughter, Lisa Smartt, kept track of his utterances, writing them down as she sat at his bedside in those final days.

So she wrote a book; Words on the Threshold, published in early 2017, about the linguistic patterns in 2,000 utterances from 181 dying people, including her father.

“As the person gets weaker and sleepier, communication with others often becomes more subtle. Even when people are too weak to speak, or have lost consciousness, they can hear; hearing is the last sense to fade.”

At the end of life the majority of interactions will be nonverbal as the body shuts down and the person lacks the physical strength, and often even the lung capacity, for long utterances. “People will whisper, and they’ll be brief, single words—that’s all they have energy for,” Keeley said. Medications limit communication. So does dry mouth and lack of dentures. She also noted that family members often take advantage of a patient’s comatose state to speak their piece, when the dying person cannot interrupt or object.

Many people die in such silence, particularly if they have advanced dementia or Alzheimer’s that robbed them of language years earlier. For those who do speak, it seems their vernacular is often banal. From a doctor I heard that people often say, “Oh fuck, oh fuck.” Often it’s the names of wives, husbands, children. “A nurse from the hospice told me that the last words of dying men often resembled each other,” wrote Hajo Schumacher in a September essay in Der Spiegel. “Almost everyone is calling for ‘Mommy’ or ‘Mama’ with the last breath.”

Pretty interesting information for those that are interested, the essay at the site is much longer than my cliff notes version here.

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What People Actually Say Before They Die

"Watch this..."
"Hold my beer"
"oh oh"
"Let me see it."
"Run!"
"Is that your husband?"
"Does this taste funny to you?"
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Many people die miserable deaths; to die in a hospital after a stroke, or put on painkillers like morphine, to be dying of cancer, or going bonkers in the weird isolation of institutions, can be a fate worse than death.

When planes are going down and the passengers aware they will soon die many of them shout obscenities; that shows what people are really made of knowing they are going to meet their maker. Compare that to those who live a life of self denial, ready for death not clinging to every earthly pleasure and comfort as if they had a divine right to life as some believe. "... the terror by night... the arrow that flieth by day".
 

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I'm thinking one single word that may be stretched out or really short and at the time it will have no meaning towards sex.
 

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I just hope my death isn’t boring.
 

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I just hope my death isn’t boring.
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Mine's probably gonna be "goodbye"
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Many people die miserable deaths; to die in a hospital after a stroke, or put on painkillers like morphine, to be dying of cancer, or going bonkers in the weird isolation of institutions, can be a fate worse than death.

When planes are going down and the passengers aware they will soon die many of them shout obscenities; that shows what people are really made of knowing they are going to meet their maker. Compare that to those who live a life of self denial, ready for death not clinging to every earthly pleasure and comfort as if they had a divine right to life as some believe. "... the terror by night... the arrow that flieth by day".
Makes me think of the 9/11 jumpers. Crazy stuff.
 

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“Be it life or death, we crave only reality. If we are really dying, let us hear the rattle in our throats and feel cold in the extremities". Thoreau
 

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I have been present at far more deaths than I care to think about. I have heard many many different things. So many so that I would say that it depends on how the person lived and what his/her life was about tells what they say at the end.

Most fighting men will say something to a loved one such as a wife/girlfriend or Mother. "tell her I love her" is common.

A motorist (car crash victim) usually can't talk or is so confused that they just want to know where they are or where a passenger or family member is at. I suspect this has something to do with the blunt force trauma and Traumatic Brain injury that they suffer in a MVA.

Stroke patients usually don't make much sense but can understand you and what is going on, at least for a while until a significant portion of the brain dies. You can usually still see they are hiding inside but unable to get out. Sad!

newmisty is correct for a lot of people, they are killed so fast not much is said at the moment of death.

The worst ones for me are the kids. I will not dive into that right now (not enough EToH on board).

So the author of the article is right in that people can say just about anything, but what does it matter what someone says on their death bed.

It's what we say in life that matters!
 

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The gold is buried in theeeeee.....
 

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My army buddy and I both carried a "special syringe" if either of us were to suffer some kind of horrific wounds the other would take care of it.

Believe me, some of the guys that get saved aren't being done any favors
 

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The gold is buried in theeeeee.....
My next wife is gonna be a hot gold digger. Going to tell her she can have my millions in gold upon my death...... Then on my death bed.. The gold is buried under the rr...rrrr....rrrock.-----------------------------------------------------------------------
 

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Orgasm noise...
 

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The worst ones for me are the kids. I will not dive into that right now (not enough EToH on board).
In my early years and an EMT working in the Emergency Room. The infants & kids absolutely bothered me the most.
Even teenagers at least experienced some living. Adults, well it was their time to go.
 

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In my early years and an EMT working in the Emergency Room. The infants & kids absolutely bothered me the most.
Even teenagers at least experienced some living. Adults, well it was their time to go.
I might be weird, but I don't grieve for an elderly person who has lived a long, good life...it is sad to see someone go, but they lived their full measure and have nothing to be sad about. Death is something we cannot avoid.
 

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I realized "life is just a temporary sport" a long time ago.... The game is coming to its conclusion!
 

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I might be weird, but I don't grieve for an elderly person who has lived a long, good life...it is sad to see someone go, but they lived their full measure and have nothing to be sad about. Death is something we cannot avoid.
The last elderly person I knew that passed at 97 was ready to get on with it, You can only sit around watching tv and eating crackers for so long.
 

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I visited a client with the pastor of my church. He had cancer of multiple organs and diabetes and he looked like half the man he was before. His last words to me was I know I'm going to make it. Several days later, he died.

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My army buddy and I both carried a "special syringe" if either of us were to suffer some kind of horrific wounds the other would take care of it.

Believe me, some of the guys that get saved aren't being done any favors
About a quarter of the guys I knew had a "deal". We did not carry syringes.

An odd thing about being nearly 80... I do not really givvashit.

I shoulda died on that awful day, and I did not. I went on to have a yippy-doo looong life with incredible experiences. No debt, and I've been all over the world (except Russia and Antarctica) and some dinky who cares places like Africa or Greece.

Learned to fly, learned to shoot, did a load of farming, married a drop-dead gorgeous redhead (who is related to royalty, not nobility) who gave me two spectacular sons.

I've piloted/driven/cruised on just about every conveyance known, including a small sub and a big horsie.

Happy is defined in the dictionary as: See Unca Walt.
 

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I was bothered by some things for awhile, then a friend had me watch platoon.

Don't be a fool. There ain't no such thing as a hero out here, or a coward. You do what you have to do to make it out of here and its all gravy. Every day, the rest of your life. Gravy.
 

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My mom died a few months ago. I was laying right next to her. Her children and grand children, all of us, were surrounding her bed. I was holding her as she breathed her last. I was being the 'strong' one but as she passed, I broke. I called her 'mommy', so did my brother. I didn't think I was capable of such a thing. Like it was brought up from somewhere deep.