Chapter 4: The moments around death

Last messages

The palliative care expert says
Dr. Mike Harlos provides strategies for giving space for final messages. (3:22)Video transcript

Help the family have time either collectively or individually with the person if they wish. Many people benefit from reconciling any differences they have before death. Others express their appreciation for a lifetime of love. 

Conversation Prompts

Are there any words or prayers you wish to say?

This is an important time for children to say their goodbyes as well but they shouldn’t be forced to see the dying person if they don’t want to.

Even after the death has occurred, or when someone arrives after the death, people may wish to say a few words over the body.