Caring for the Dying: Delirium and Nearing Death Awareness

As someone nears the last weeks of life (particularly the last few days) they may have episodes of ‘confusion’ expressed by uncharacteristic conversation or behaviors such as talking ‘out of their head’, seeing people who aren’t really thee or ‘picking at things’. This behavior can be a true delirium, an acute confusion due to medications, infection, or dehydration, or it could be an experience called ‘Nearing Death Awareness’.