Apr 09, 2015 - 08:03 AM
Yes, it is true that hearing is the last of the senses to go when someone is dying. In my experience the "senses" take on a whole new life at this time. Even though your mom was diagnosed as deaf- talk to her. Tell her everything and anything you want her to know. reminise of stories of the past that warmed your journey together. She will hear you. I also love a soft touch on the arm or hands. If this feels natural it is very comforting. There is an amazing thing that has happened with more of my hospice patients than not at the end of life. Even though they have been in a "sleeping coma" for days with their eyes shut, it is the 5 minute coffee break that a family will take that the patient decides to die. How can I explain this? I feel that the patient does not want that to be the last memory the family has of them. But if the patient was in a coma, how did they know they left the room? It is one of the many many beautiful EOL phenomenon. Talk to your mom- she will hear every word.