Here’s What It’s Really Like To Die

There’s one thing that every person has in
common – death. Death can come any number of ways, but what
happens then? If you’re brave enough to learn exactly what
happens to the body during the end of life, then here’s what it’s like to die. When a person starts dying, their circulation
reduces so it can focus primarily on the body’s internal organs. This process reduces blood flow to the hands,
legs, and feet, which is why a person nearing the end of their life often feels cold to
the touch, or might complain of feeling cold themselves. “I feel… cold.” This change in blood flow can also cause the
dying person’s skin to appear yellow, or waxen. Some will also develop what’s referred to
as mottling , which is a purple or pink pattern forming on the skin. There’s nothing that can be done to stop these
changes to the body, but attempts to make the person more comfortable can be made by
adjusting the room’s temperature, or providing extra blankets. “Doctor!” “I’m so cold!” “We need more blankets” “We need more blankets!” When approaching death, a person’s brain starts
to shut down in certain areas, to focus on only the most necessary functions, much in
the same way the rest of the body does. David Hovda, director of the UCLA Brain Injury
Research Center, told the Atlantic, “as the brain begins to change and start to
die, different parts become excited, and one of the parts that becomes excited is the visual
system … so that’s where people begin to see light.” Jimo Borjigin, a neuroscientist at the University
of Michigan, told the Atlantic that the sudden release of neurochemicals in the brain that
is beginning to shut down can cause a person to have what she referred to as amazing experiences. “House you OK? We’ve been waiting for you.” “I’m hallucinating.” Chaplain Ann O’Shea from Crossroads Hospice
& Palliative Care says she’s been with many patients who have claimed to see loved ones
who weren’t actually there. Crossroads Nurse Carolyn Quach-Huynh adds
that patients will also have dreams of loved ones during their end days, or smell a familiar
smell such as cigars or a certain perfume. A natural death can seem like it’s dragging
out forever, because there’s a lot of dying that takes place before a person is actually
dead. In 2016, author Jennie Dear wrote in The Atlantic
about her experience caring for her mother during the final stages of breast cancer. Dear was there in her family home when the
hospice nurse on duty asked her mom if she wanted to know what will happen to her body
when it started to shut down. What they learned is that until about 100
years ago most deaths happened quickly, because there were no medical measures set in place
to properly care for patients. Due to modern advancements in medicine, death
can be prolonged for quite some time. “I’m gonna live forever!” James Hallenbeck, a palliative-care specialist
at Stanford University wrote about a stage called active dying in his book Palliative
Care Perspectives. Active dying is described as a final, rapid
slide that happens in roughly the last few days of life. Hallenbeck wrote, “First hunger and then thirst are lost. Speech is lost next, followed by vision. The last senses to go are usually hearing
and touch.” In standard medical terms, there are two ways
that a person’s death is determined. The book Nursing Made Incredibly Easy explains
that the most commonly accepted form of death is cardiac death, when the heart stops working. The second, less common, is brain death. Once a person becomes brain dead, the heart
can continue pumping when hooked up to medical equipment, but would not be able to do so
on its own. Before the invention of ventilators and medications
that help keep the body’s functions active, there was no need to factor in such a thing
as brain death. In earlier medical days, it was common for
patients with no brain function to quickly succumb to cardiac arrest. This presents an often difficult situation,
both for family members, as well as medical professionals who have to make the call whether
to keep a person who’s been diagnosed as brain dead on a ventilator, or to pull the support
and let their heart follow the brain to death. When death is no longer a single, specific
moment in time, everything gets complicated. As if the process of dying isn’t grim enough,
there is scientific evidence that points to the fact that a person’s brain can sometimes
remain active after they pass away, long enough even to hear their own time of death announced. “Now call it.” “Time of death 11:55” Dr. Sam Parnia, director of critical care
and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City gathered
together a team to study a selection of people who briefly died after suffering cardiac arrest,
but were revived. In a 2017 Independent article, it’s explained
that some of the patients he and his team studied claim to have heard full conversations,
and even viewed the room they were in, after their death had been called by medical professionals. When their claims were presented to the medical
teams present at the time, the details of what they experienced were verified. “Blink if you can hear me” “I hear you.” “…This is gonna be fun.” Death is most commonly called at the point
of ones heart stopping, which is referred to as cardiac death, but even after the heart
stops there is often a surge of brain activity that could cause a person to experience brief
moments of near clarity. So that’s… something super creepy to look
forward to. A Massachusetts doctor named Duncan MacDougall
published a study in 1907 on the results of experiments he’d conducted to determine if
the human soul has weight. During these experiments he noted each patient’s
time of death, their time spent on their deathbed, and changes in weight caused by the loss of
body fluids and gasses. For each and every patient there were 21 grams
left unaccounted for, which he concluded to be the weight of the soul. “It just, doesn’t it seem like something’s
missing?” “What about the soul?” Although this was a theory that dates all
the way back to the beginning of the 20th century, it’s one that is widely believed
in varying degrees to this day. The popular debunking site Snopes took a look
at the 21 grams mystery in 2005 and determined that it’s half true. Yes, MacDougall did perform these tests, but
his methods were flawed and demonstrated nothing credible that could be tied directly to the
weight loss having anything to do with the soul, which many people don’t believe exists
in the first place. “The Soul…there’s nothing but chemistry
here.” Following MacDougall’s experiment, physician
Augustus P. Clarke countered that a rise in body temperature at death, caused by the lungs
no longer cooling blood, could cause a rise in sweating which could account for the missing
21 grams. Caleb Wilde, author of the book Confessions
of a Funeral Director, has firsthand experience with more corpse scenarios than most, to be
sure. In his book he reveals that if a corpse is
moved while there’s air trapped in its lungs, the body can make a variety of startling sounds
like moans and gasps. Even worse, some of the trapped air can escape
from the other end, resulting in untimely corpse farts. Not something you wanna hear while preparing
for a viewing or funeral service. A different kind of noise can be heard coming
from a body, which takes place closer to their actual time of death. “True lovvvvvve…” This noise, or combination of noises, is commonly
referred to as a death rattle, which occurs when a body is no longer capable of swallowing,
and causes secretions to build up in the respiratory tract. According to Medical News Today, a death rattle
might sound like a crackling, wet noise, or a moan, or even a snore, all of which can
become amplified if the person is still breathing. If this noise is heard, death is often right
around the corner – unless, of course, you have Miracle Max around. “It just so happens that your friend here
is only mostly dead. There’s a big difference between mostly dead
and all dead” “Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking
corpse,” This infamous quote is attributed to Chicago
writer Willard Motley, and it’s entirely possible for a person to do so – just not for very
long. According to Very Well Health, at the moment
of death, a person’s body enters a state called primary flaccidity. During this state, the part of the brain that
controls muscle control shuts down, and all remaining feces and urine drain freely. “You guys know what? The last thing you do when you die is crap
your pants.” “What?” Gas exiting the body helps to push the waste
through, which is just one of many unpleasant truths about death – and about the job of
mortician, which requires workers to handle all sorts of unsavory bodily releases. “It’s your turn to take out the bedpan out
tonight.” In Caleb Wilde’s book Confessions of a Funeral
Director, he describes rare instances in which corpses can exhibit muscle movement well after
the time of death. He recalls a time he and his family were preparing
a corpse and the fingers of the dead man were moving involuntarily, as though he was playing
the piano. According to Medical Daily, tissues continue
to live for a little bit after a person has passed away. As the tissues and muscle begin to degenerate,
they contract, causing small movements. Postmortem spasms and twitches can occur for
quite some time after death, and scientific reports vary as to the exact length of time. A frequently passed around piece of corpse
trivia is that nails continue to grow after death, but that’s not actually the case. According to the BBC, when a person’s heart
stops beating, the brain’s oxygen supply is cut off, and without the flow of oxygen, and
no glucose reserve, nerve cells die off within minutes. If fingernails kept growing, that would mean
there were new cells being produced, which simply can’t happen without glucose. What gives the appearance of postmortem nail
growth is the body’s shrinking skin, caused by dehydration. According to the article, morticians will
often moisturize the fingers of a corpse while preparing it for a viewing, to give the nails
a more normal appearance. And if medical science isn’t enough to convince
you, Snopes also looked into it in 2004 and found that, nope, nails don’t grow after death
– and neither does hair. Mere minutes after a person dies, their body
begins the grisly process of putrefaction. According to The Guardian, as soon as the
heart stops beating, and cells are deprived of oxygen, every element of the body begins
to break down, and eventually rot. Enzymes start to digest cell membranes, blood
cells spill out and discolor the skin, body temperature continues to drop and rigor mortis
sets in. And the process doesn’t stop there. There’s a lot that goes into the whole ashes
to ashes thing we hear so much about. Without the immune system working, bacteria
found primarily in the gut begins to eat away at the intestines and surrounding tissues. Gas builds up in the body and causes blisters
to form until the skin itself slips off in sheets. As things progress, the gasses and liquefied
tissue within the body will begin to leak out. As the enzymes, bacteria, and gasses do their
work, the body turns green, and then purple, and then black. If stored in temperatures of 50 degrees, it
will take only four months until the body becomes nothing more than a skeleton. In 100 years, nothing more than dust. After taking into consideration all of the
not-so-nice things a body goes through after death, cremation may start looking like a
great way to burn up all the poo and green skin, but it comes with its own unique unpleasantness. The very business sounding site US Funerals
Online details that each state has its own rules and regulations when it comes to cremation,
and there’s at least a 24-hour waiting period for the cremation of a new corpse to take
place. Some crematories will allow loved ones to
witness the cremation of their deceased, and may even allow you to push the button that
starts the process. This might be satisfying for anyone looking
to air their final grievances. Confessions of a Funeral Director reveals
lesser known facts about cremation like how a body doesn’t need to be embalmed before
it’s cremated, but if it has fake breasts, or a pace maker, those need to come out first. And if anyone’s looking to cremate a loved
one via an outside funeral pyre, they should go to Crestone, Colorado, one of the few places
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68 thoughts on “Here’s What It’s Really Like To Die

  1. I went into shock after cancer surgery and heard my doctor yelling, "stay with me Christine!!". Then I went out, past my husband in the waiting room with the ugly purple carpet, and into the universe. It was like a scene from star trek, I could see and understand EVERYTHING. A kid could understand how we are all connected. It was so vast and unfathomable, yet simple. Then, I guess because I'm part native American, my animal totem appeared and said, "hold on, we're going up." I grabbed its tail, flew up and slammed back into my body. It was painful beyond belief! I never want to go through that again, EVER. I was back. It was gross and scary and weird. I felt like I was barely attached. Obviously, I survived. I went through a long time of being full of wonder and amazement, but now I'm just as easily crabby as ever…except that I know now that death is nothing to fear, because it's not an end. Energy really does just change form, it doesn't "die". We dont stop just because we die.

  2. My Mum had severe dementia before she passed. As far as I was concerned she died way before her body did, Alzheimer's disease is basically a slow death.

  3. What's it like to die? It sucks. What's it like to be in a condition where you are near death? So bad you might even wish you were…

  4. Is this video thinking that most viewers know nothing of Near Death Experiences? A conversation with someone who has had a Near Death Experience can be an experience in itself. A conversation with an ICU nurse can also be quite an experience. Watching scores of people die, they do have some stories to tell.

  5. Before video: "hmm, I'm sleepy – I'll watch this video real quick. It looks interesting and then I'll call it a day"…
    After video:
    you do this every time… why do you never learn?

  6. I am learning firsthand and I can already tell you my hands and feet get VERY VERY cold yet anytime temps over 62 or so causes me to get way way to hot and makes me feel like I am frying.
    I cannot yet agree with this video because I do have a way to go before I pass on being I coded once years ago and have been with several people including the love of my life she suddenly died in my arms. My best friend died of sudden brain death and this part of the video isn't actually accurate to his death he even briefly talked and explained what was happening it was awesome yet chilling at the same time it was virtually impossible for him to say the things he has unless he was actually experiencing what he said. Then when my father passed he also said what he was experiencing for maybe a minute or so another impossible thing to do yet he did it.
    One more fact if you don't believe in a soul then you have some serious problems you must consider first what is then that makes the person they are yes some is life experience but most isn't the most complex issue is if you do not have a soul then you cannot believe in God or life after and if you don't believe in it just go to a fee haunted houses eventually you will have an experience that will alter you forever period.
    Last but not least I am very fortunate God has granted me absolutely no fear of dying I have a terminal disease that cannot be cured at all i am on the only treatment there is at this point. People wake up to the facts of life don't be ignorant serve the lord Jesus Christ.

  7. I was with my daddy his last week on this earth. He died peacefully without all this gore and gruesome crapola. It was a very sad but beautiful experience. I miss him SO much. After he was gone, I stayed and held his hand a long while just in case he was still in the room.

  8. I am one who knows for a fact everything human beings or animal friend's have a soul living inside the body unseen by man this maybe the reason nobody else believes it's true because they can't see or feel it themselves that's why to them it's not truth🕆🤔🕆

  9. I remember entering my body pretty much watching myself play with my brother then boom, incident, yellow flashes everything was yellow then color kicked it. Lol it was wicked but no pain I just know there was an entity with a beard besides me as I viewed my body from above.

  10. The trick is no two death's are the same everyone dies at different times in life some die young others die older and sometimes in the middle of life itself many thing's can happen to take a life if it's meant to be tooken by whatever means the thing is just live life the best you can for tomorrow may never come again(you never know when or where it's going to be)🕆🤔🕆

  11. Both of my parents died at home at different times. Both of them stated that they said their parents were waiting for them to cross over. I remember this as clear as day. My dad said that his parents look like in their 20's and standing by his dad car that he had at that time and he kept saying look they waiting for me to die. My mom said that her dad was at the bedroom door waiting for her to pass. He looked like he was around late teens. It was creepy and I witnessed both of this episodes. Strange but True 🤷

  12. woke up already dead at 2am one nite I said why wake me up god I was already dead so here what it felt like body tingles all over very painful and very cold like laying in a deep grave I looked over my head phone too far away forget that could see fine hearing was great the ringing in my ears has stopped breathing ya stopped doing that wasn't doing nothing even if I tried then I thought and thought better do something soon this body going then I said god I am not done yet my heart beat hard throwing me to one side then again back the the other way I could hear blood gushing each beat getting faster harder till I was in rapid rhythm blood rushing getting very hot now then it slowed to normal slowly body was warm now tingling gone started breathing again thats working now I thanked god and went to sleep the next day went to er they said I was fine no damage asked why didn't I come right away I said after dying thing I was tired you know glad I got a cell now can just call and leave god alone but nice to know god there if I need god help asked a reader of cards or something like that when I get brushed on the back and no one there what is that said there are 1,000 angels behind you one of there wings brushed you

  13. Anybody seen the "deathbed mist"? I never heard of it till I saw my Mom pass. I did some searching and was amazed at how common it is. Myself and my sisters saw the strands of silver/grey smoke rising from our Mom. Being present for a loved ones death is the most beautiful and sorrowful experience.

  14. Died for a few minutes when having a heart attack. Saw and talked to the Blessed Mother whom the Catholics call "Mary". I felt really great in Heaven – I learned that Heaven is about caring for and genuinely loving others. There is a Hell – it is a cold dark place …I guess like the surface of once called a planet the world called Pluto …Hell is also about selfishness.

  15. I think I know I've overdosed once in my life the people said I was asleep but I remember nothing the vision fadeded I was going deeper and deeper and I was getting further and futher the noise faded out and they said I had sizerures. but all I remember is darkness. when I woke it all came back my ears like static vision back I was super sick I could get up for days and I was shake. they told me I was like that for 3 days it only seemed like a few momments.

  16. How do people not believe in the existence of a soul as if they can explain individual consciousness which to this day is something science can’t even explain. Everybody is in their own vessel how does that not spark any type of interest or questioning to those people?

  17. 50 degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius? In Celsius, 0 is freezing temperature of water, 100 is the boiling point of water, and 50 is the temperature of Australia in summer.

  18. Another channel that follows bullshit science, there’s an after life, astrology works and sciencists are dorky bullshitters un-subbed

  19. Liked the video, but you guys need to stop citing "Snopes". That site is a joke run by 2 clowns and you might end up turning people off.

  20. ~ My view has changed over time. When I was little I thought you simply went to a heavenly place, but the idea of clouds and so forth, nice as it is, seemed a little boring. Church services later on had me picturing an eternal church service, which horrified me. At the end of a service, you just want to go home, so an eternal one? No way! And of course, there are people who warn you of an eternal blast furnace with demons and monsters with screams and constant infernal noise; scary, but it can't be possible. The body is physical, as are fire and physical torture. If you leave your body, you are no longer physical, so that is just not feasible Fire can't burn something that cannot ignite.

    Later, I began to read of near-death experiences, and I was fascinated. The beauty of these stories pulled me in. Of course, stories like Angie Fenimore's and Reverend Storm's were scary, but seemed to be of their own doing. Just trying to live a moral life seemed to be the key to a positive experience. But these people came back; is this an actual death? They flat-lined, but came back, so were they actually dead?

    I am now of the mind that a vivid DMT-like experience is entirely possible, but once that's over, you simply shut down. You didn't exist before conception, and that's the state you return to. You live on in the memories of people in your life who are still here, but one day they'll be gone too. It's a somewhat nihilistic view, but I do believe at this point that this is the case.

  21. Having died in Oct 2013, Best way to describe what come after, Try to remember what You were before you were born, No sight no memories.

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