Doctor shares what happens to our bodies moments before we die

The precise sequence of events that transpire in our bodies prior to death has been disclosed by a retired physician.

She talked about her newest short animation, Dying for Beginners, which attempts to address the anxiety that people have as their lives are about to end.

"It's not a terrifying mental state to be in; it's a state of not knowing anything," the speaker stated. The body just begins to run out of energy, which is the first obvious thing. It's similar to when the battery on an old cell phone dies.

"And sleep is the charger." More than what you eat or drink. In actuality, many terminally ill individuals don't experience severe hunger, and that's okay.Because they aren't eating, they aren't dying. Their bodies are failing, so they aren't eating.

Therefore, as time passes, people eventually require more sleep in order to have periods of time during which they have adequate energy to think and act.

And people eventually go from being sleeping to being unconscious. They no longer see the distinction. Also, she discussed the potentially upsetting "death rattle" in her speech.

According to her, the brain initiates automatic breathing patterns that alternate between deep, slow breathing and shallower, more rapid breathing.

After then, it was back to the start, and then there were back and forth motions between slower, faster, and slower breathing intervals.

"Now, if you haven't seen that before, you might assume that the person is having difficulty breathing or is panting or uncomfortable because they are breathing quickly but shallowly."

According to her, this indicates a state of "deep unconsciousness," where life does not pass by in a flash like it does in movies.

"This person is quite safe," she continued. And then there's generally one of those sluggish breathing moments right near the end of someone's life. "It's not at all what Hollywood has led us to expect—there will be a breath out that just doesn't have another breath in after it."

Dr. Kathryn stated that while these facts might not lessen the sadness of a person's death, they might make it appear less terrifying. "I believe that my mission is to eliminate fear," she continued.

After earning her certification as a cognitive behavioral therapist in 1993, Dr. Kathryn opened the first CBT clinic in the UK that catered just to patients receiving palliative care.