The Unique Spiritual/Emotional Dynamics of the Dying
Family members and other loved ones can assist the dying individual to go through the
spiritual/emotional process by encouraging them, and by accepting the process that the dying individual is going
through. It is important for others to support the individual in any possible way so that comfort is given during
this important time in the life journey.
The second dynamic that the body goes through during the dying process is the spiritual/emotional one.
It is a very different process from the physical one.
The process entails the spirit of the individual preparing to leave the physical body and being "released" from
this world and entering the next one.
The process of releasing involves several factors. One factor is becoming unattached from this environment and
from those "attachments" that were formed here.
There may be priorities in the manner in which the individual goes about the process.
Much has been said and written about the dying individual going through the process of "resolving unfinished
business" or getting permission to "let go" from those who are close to him/her such as from family members and
other loved ones.
This is also when attempts are made to reconcile or make right any wrongs or unsettled relationship matters. All
of these factors and processes are normal.
Family members and other loved ones can assist the dying individual to go through the spiritual/emotional
process by encouraging them, and by accepting the process that the dying individual is going through.
It is important for others to support the individual in any possible way so that comfort is given during this
important time in the life journey.
| Common symptoms that signal that the individual is in the final stages of the dying process are connected to energy level in that the person will sleep more or be observed to be in a weakened condition. There will be breathing pattern changes such as rapid or labored breathing or a decreased ability to draw in breath. Dying
The dying process is unique because no two individuals will go through it in quite the same identical
Even those who are dying from the same illness at the same time will have differing conditions as to degree of
pain felt, or the intensity of other symptoms.
The speed or arrival at the “final stage” and even how long the duration of the final stage will be can also be
It may even be that in the unfortunate occurrence of when family members and other loved ones are the same for
two different dying individuals the relationships experienced with each member will be different.
Just the surroundings or situation leading up to the dying process might also be different as the cause of death
can be different.
The cause of death may be due to illness, accidental injury, intentional injury by another party, or it can be
suicidal in nature.
Age of the dying individual will also make a difference in the handling of the dying process.
The very young person going through the dying process will have a much different perspective on the
spiritual/emotional dynamic than what an elderly person will have simply due to the lack of experience that an
elderly person possesses.
It is important that family members not confuse the dying process with that of rejection.
During the dying process the individual will sleep more during the day and will be detaching him/herself from
this world physically and emotionally as a natural way of preparing for death.
This process can at times seem as if the dying person is rejecting loved ones, when in fact he/she is doing what
is natural at this stage of the process.