• Is it possible that someone can be tough enough to hold on until the very end without being completely bed-ridden...and...

    Asked by Lost904 on Thursday, May 24, 2012

    Is it possible that someone can be tough enough to hold on until the very end without being completely bed-ridden...and...

    Can they seem ok off and on and then out of the blue fall asleep and not wake up? Or does death caused from terminally illness always lead to being bed-ridden for at least a day or so or more?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • RuthAnne's Avatar

      All of the cancer stories that I've read (which is a lot) lead me to believe that, although some people can be up and about days before their death doing limited things such as baking cookies or reading to their children, the last day are two seem to be spent in bed either drifting in and out of consciousness or in semi-consciousness. The only exceptions that I've read to this are people who end up actually dying suddenly because of treatment issues such as a blood clot.

      I'm hoping there is someone out there with hospice experience who can give you a more hopeful answer - because I'd like a more hopeful answer myself.

      over 8 years ago
    • Lost904's Avatar

      Hi RuthAnne. Everything I've read leads me to believe the same thing and everyone that I have known or known through a friend's experience has seemed to be "ok" (i use that term VERY loosly) until the last week where they seem to be bed ridden. If I find out anything otherwise I will definately post it here to share. I don't know what will happen as none of us do and everyone is different but I guess I want to know so I make sure that I am by his side when it happens but I just have the hope that he will not have to go through a day or two or even a week being bed ridden and could just fall asleep and not wake up because he is a very and I mean very strong man (was physically most of his life and still is emotionally to this day minus the confusion and symptoms that come along with his fight). Only one knows and time will tell. I just hope for the best for him and everyone going through this sort of thing.

      over 8 years ago
    • msunique900's Avatar

      Yes, It is possible to be strong enough to hold on. You have to have faith and remain positive and know that you will be healed and get better. To me, this was a mind game. I had my good days and bad. I

      about 8 years ago

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