Most of the time, a person who is dying does not want to eat or drink as much. It is hard on us who love the person, not on them usually. It is hard for us to stop feeling we should be encouraging our person to eat or drink if they don’t want to.
And so many of us feel guilty about this and question whether we should be considering placement of feeding tubes and IVs to give artificial nutrition and hydration to a person whose body is dying. I have talked with many family members who still question this, even when their person does not want it.
Know this: it is the natural order of things that a person’s body dehydrates as it is dying. The dehydration a body goes through as it is dying is normal.
There is a very familiar complaint so many of us have in hospice circles, and that is of late entry into hospice service. It is not an easy fix for sure. I rarely here this reason (that is shared in the video). Both my parents had it.