I found a cassette tape under a bunch of papers on my desk and put it in my recorder (that barely works). This is where it began:
When someone is dying a natural death, there is a breathing pattern that usually happens. It goes something like this: a deep breath or two, then holding it, followed by a shallow breath or two, and so on. It is an uneven pattern of inhales and exhales. It can be scary if you don't know it is coming.
When a person is dying, they are retreating from everything outside of themselves. They have little energy for anything outside of what is going on in their internal world.
When a person is approaching the end of their life, things outside of them begin to lose appeal. You will start to notice they are not doing some of the things they have enjoyed over the years. They begin to not want to see people. This is not to be confused with depression.