I was considering my uncles death in the Phillipines a little while ago. He woke up in the middle of the night, clutching his throat and an ambulance was called. He was intubated — they made an incision in his neck for a breathing tube, they noticed he was unresponsive on the left half of his body and diagnosed a stroke and a heart attack, and he was put on assisted breathing. Then they gave him medication to keep him in an artificial coma. This lasted for a few days before he was taken off the assisted breathing, he died a few hours after that.
It strikes me that as his body failed, he was not allowed to die very naturally, and he was kept from consciously experiencing the moment of his death. Now in the last few decades there has been a movement towards conscious dying, which I find interesting.
I thought his death was a lesson. If you want to die in a conscious way you need to arrange it ahead of time.
Do you have particular wishes for your dying process?
With warm regards,