Someone who is dying can hang onto life for many reasons. The focus of one’s thoughts, even near death, is a powerful force. Telling the patient that it is okay to die helps them to let go of life.
Even if the patient is non-responsive, permission is needed. Remember, the hearing is the last sense to shut down. As permission is given and death approaches, the control of the transition from this life is out of our hands.
As the last breath of life is taken, there are no words to describe the feeling that comes over the room. For a moment, one can almost see the “Hand of God.”
From the first breath of life to the last, like the dash on a tombstone, the journey through life is precious. There is only so much time given, no more…no less. We must make the best of each day, as if it were our last; someday it will be.