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  • Possibly and possibly not.It is believed that where the body's systems are completely shutting down before death, that the nerve ending are less sensitive and the feeling of pain is dulled, especially since the day before death, the body will release a flood of chemials and hormones to prepare for the shutting down all major body systems. If you have a heart attack, and that heart attack is the cause of death, then that would be a painful way to die. It all really depends on the cause of death.
  • There are incidences where people die instantly. In these cases the person feels nothing at all, just finds themselves out of their body. Other deaths are with people in a coma, a sleep like condition, where they just go softly into the next existance. Some of us that are fortunate enough to grow old may simply go to sleep and not wake up. Not all deaths are painful except for those of us that are left behind to deal with the loss and that is more emotional pain, real enough but not deadly. Try to remember that pain usually sets in hours after the trauma of injury and gets more painful before it gets better. There have even been people who did not know they had been shot untill it was pointed out to them. The shock of seeing the wound, blood, etc, is so surprising that once noticed the pain sets in immediately. Strange the way the brain works. Death, in and of itself, isn't painful, its the injury that brings about death that hurts.
  • There is no real proof that we feel any pain at the precise moment of death. For me i feel that no pain is remembered on entering this world, so why should death be any different. I think the mind and body work together more so than ever on this one.To make it a painless and peaceful pass over.
  • not always does it hurt...it you die instantly it wouldn't hurt
  • Not usually no. If it is a disease like Cancer you are so medicated there is no pain. If it is a car accident and the person is dead at the scene, good chance he/she didnt suffer. Get a heart attack, pain, ouch and gone. The one thing that haunts me is, right before an accident (like my bothers) I wonder what his thoughts were during his final moments. But any sort of accident or violent murder, leaves the loved ones to wonder. Lastly, it is said that in violent deaths, the mind shuts down, and the defense mechanisms kick in, so they are in shock feeling no pain.
  • Still being alive it is hard to speak on the topic personally. Speaking from experience though i know of people (older people mainly) who have peacefully died in their sleep.
  • Many people die while in a coma or asleep. In these cases I am sure it would be very unlikey that they have ANY pain whatsoever.
  • sometimes you will feel pain when you're dying only if its a slow death, but sometimes a slow death can also be painless, quick and instant ones are too fast for you to feel pain.
  • Less than 2% of the world population dies from a horrific incident that is considered a painful death...Relax, don't worry, you are going to live a long and happy life, and will have a very peaceful death experience....
  • Everyone answering this question has never died. :-)
  • I am a children's nurse and I have cared for lots of dying children and their families over the years. I believe that it depends on the reason for you dying but honestly a great number of people pass away peacefully as if going to sleep. Although most people feel that they want their family around them (me included) my boyfriend thinks that people can only pass really peacefully if they are on their own and not surrounded by cring or upset people. I think thats from the tibetan book of living and dying- perhaps u should read it?
  • Well, if you get shot in the head you aren't going to feel it. So, then you would die without feeling any pain. But there are other ways to die pain free, like vacines, and other types of chemicals that allow you to die with no pain. There are a lot of otherways to die with pain, too many to list in this answer, and most of them are quite unpleasant so i think i won't mention any of them. :-)
  • I do not believe anyone alive can answer this with accuracy. As a nurse of only four years I have lost some patients while they slept and there was no immediate expectation of their death.. peaceful ? maybe.. probably? I hope so but who knows?? I have lost many who were medicated with morphine and it did seem almost peaceful..but many times in the last moments the breathing was rugged and movement caused them to moan.. which means they can feel discomfort but only when moved.. so possibly they were not in pain any other time while being medicated.. but the actual moment of death? I would like to think no because I have never had a patient screaming in pain at the moment of death. I can tell you that some Cancer patients suffer greatly. I have had some Cancer patients suffer in the final stages even heavily medicated, begging for death. Not all, but the majority I have given care for that were not under Hospice's care. The actual moment the heart stops.. who knows what is felt under any circumstance of death? The process of dying is different for each person. Lou Gehrig's Disease (amyotrophic latteral sclerosis)is another disease in which there is a lot of suffering yet the mind is strong.. it is more painful to my heart when a person is aware of their suffering and looming death. I still do not believe anyone alive knows whether there is pain during the moment OF death but I do know that there CAN be suffering on the door of it. Many people fill up with fluid.. this is hard .. and breathing changes and sometimes they are not "with you" and I would like to think they are away from the claws of pain. I urge anyone who wishes (like me) not to have heroic measures taken to keep them alive if something happens.. to at least allow for comfort measures. On a side note - God Bless Hospice workers as they work to help those dying be in comfort, not pain. The most peaceful deaths I have witnessed were patients with Hospice care. ---- I am not trying to sound morbid at all but I wanted to give an honest answer based on my experiences. Sorry for the long wind
  • i'd like to say people die without pain...but no one alive can say that. we wouldn't know if the person is in pain because they were asleep when it happened, they couldn't have possibly told us..therefore no one would have been able to tell... im having heart pain and am afraid to fall asleep thinking i might have a heart attack....wondering will i wake up in the morning, and if i were to have a heart attack will i feel pain in my sleep?
  • The next time I die I will take notes and share...;)
  • I came extremely close to death and I felt no pain until when I regained conciousness the following day. During this time of unconciousness, death had no meaning for me. I don't believe it is the act of dieing that gives pain, it's the act of living.
  • I've heard that people who die of aneurisms feel no pain; they just go to sleep and never wake up.
  • I have a feeling, no matter what you die of, it's always like suffocating.
  • If you think dieing is painful, try causing someones death and living with it. that a pain I don't wish on anyone.
  • Whats the death pain only the dead person can tell but surely it always hurts his loved ones.
  • As far as anybody was aware, My Dad died without feeling pain. He was in hospital in a coma and according to the medical team he was not aware of anything at all. His central nervous system still worked (in that if you pricked his finger with a needle his hand would reflex) but that was all - he could not see or hear us and was not aware of us or anything else - his brain had 'gone' so to speak. We turned off life support and he just slipped away. Sometimes a person will die in their sleep which, as far as we know, is painless and the person is not aware.
  • I've been near death before. I stopped breathing because of an anaphylactic reation. At first everything hurt, my chest, my throat, my head. I distracted myself from the pain with thoughts, thoughts about my life, everything. It wasn't like a movie, because it was like I was there, playing with my twin, oblivious to the fact the next day she would be dead. I was 13 then. That's the scene I "chose" Maya and I playing on the trampoline, best friends forever. I had a sensation that felt like cool running water, and I "looked up". My body did not look up, it was too weak for that. It was like seeing the world for the first time. It was not regular "seeing" I could see all around me, and walls were no obstruction. The vision of Maya and I seemed to blend with the whiteness. The whiteness? Yes.... Everything had linked, the vision, my new 360 view, and the whiteness. Jeez, it ws bright, bright than I could concive of. It was so bright, but it didn't hurt my eyes. I felt my thoughts slipping away with that cool stream of water. As my body finally lay still, and I slipped upwards ino that whiteness, I realized that I didn't hurt anymore, and I couldn't recall when I had stopped hurting, inside and out. The stream of "water" was cool and comforting, and looked through the whiteness and the vision, and into my sisters smiling eyes. I woke up in the hospital 3 days later, with doctors saying they pulled me back from the brink of death. I know that's not true. I died, and Maya sent me back. She was with me then, and will always be. She lived a happy life and has no regrets in her new "world". She's with me. I love you, Maya. Your twin, your sister, your best friend, Jessica G.
  • I can only guess but when my dad died he went into hospital and wasn't in any pain, he got off the bed when arriving to a ward and sat in the ward chair and just went, no pain and quick, i have nursed many many people and sat with them when they have passed, we make sure that at least their pain is under control and you can tell by physical movements or by facial grimaces whether they are in pain, yes lots of people die in excruciating agony and some dont.
  • When my mother die she just went to sleep and nevr woke up. Now two of my sister suffered for months with cancer before they die. So I think it is both some suffer and some don't. I hope when it is my time to go I go the way my mother went.
  • When I had hypothermia death was very close to being the gentlest experience of my life.
  • my mother as a pedestrian crossing a street was hit by a car 2 days before christmas. she was pronounced braindead at the hospital as all brain function had ceased. one of my sisters seemed to develop a psychic link to her soul the day she died, in fact before she even knew what happened. in the next few days she got psychic impressions of mom limping along (she had leg problems and used a cane) and she kept hearing traffic and felt like mom was in her head. she said she felt that mom didn't even know what happened, she was just walking along, and then, boom, her soul was free to fly around anywhere she wanted. apparently she visits my sister some and my little girl has seen her in our house.
  • I've had one near death experience and it was from pills and alchohol. I was sitting up in bed and I was sweating and my gut was, I don't know how else to describe it but it was fading. And I literally felt half of my soul leave my body. I can't describe any of it as exactly painful though. It was gut wrenchingly spiritual. If you can imagine that.
  • Once i was just sleeping in my bed and suddenly, i felt my breathe was shortning. I felt so bad. I could not do anything. My breathe then reached to and end. I was completely breatheless and i had a huge burp coming out of my mouth. Then my breathe slowly came back. That was a near to death experiene that i had when i had no disease oranyting, when i was just lying in my bed at midnight. thanks that was my experience.
  • Once i was just sleeping in my bed and suddenly, i felt my breathe was shortning. I felt so bad. I could not do anything. My breathe then reached to and end. I was completely breatheless and i had a huge burp coming out of my mouth. Then my breathe slowly came back. That was a near to death experiene that i had when i had no disease oranyting, when i was just lying in my bed at midnight. thanks that was my experience.
  • Once i was just sleeping in my bed and suddenly, i felt my breathe was shortning. I felt so bad. I could not do anything. My breathe then reached to and end. I was completely breatheless and i had a huge burp coming out of my mouth. Then my breathe slowly came back. That was a near to death experiene that i had when i had no disease oranyting, when i was just lying in my bed at midnight. thanks that was my experience.
  • I have been with 3 people when they die'd. All three I was able to lay next to them and give comfort. I know all three where scared yet they all seemed to find comfort hours before they died. There fear of death I feel was worse then death it's self. I do know I am glad I was able to share this time with my love ones. The living fear the lose of there loved ones and this is a sad thing. We need to remember the dieing fear they are losing everything. I do not fear death it's self anymore. Maybe I still fear dieing. God, no God it matters not to me. In the end I know even if there is nothing we all become part of everything...Thru are living/death so much carries on. At the very lest we will feed the grass that feeds the bug that feeds the bird... No matter what life/deaths is wonderfull.
  • Death doesn't hurt. The best way to describe it is that your body has two flows of energy, seemingly linked when alive and healthy, but more separate as we come nearer to death. When the flows split completely, you are dead, and can not come back. And by flow, I mean flow of water, you literally feel as though you are water, air, and yet you burn like fire. The burn isn't painful, it's actually pleasant. But then, you feel nothing, and after that point you will cross the bridge...nobody knows what happens here, but that's it death...
  • snooch you have the best answer i have seen here yet....but i have experienced what someone above withmefr said . but still confused if it was real or not
  • stop lying to the kid ! (i mean the first answer ) i too was in a bad situation via a car crash and i can say it hurts like hell there is no peacefull passing! thats a fairy tale Death hurts 1000 x WORSE than child birth and root canal at dentist gone wrong, put togheter
  • When people take a large hit of heroin and die, they feel no physical pain. It depends on if you consider anxiety pain or distress. Because they definitley know in their head somethings wrong, but physically they don't feel their about to die. Same with extasy.
  • Some people die in their sleep, but may have been experiencing pain prior to death, so I guess the real answer is, we don't know.
  • That would depend upon HOW you die.
  • Some deaths do. But not for very long.
  • Dying may hurt, but I would guess once you're dead, you feel no pain. Unless you believe in hell of course :-)
  • it depends on how you go out. suicide pain can last for years.
  • It depends very much on how you go and how long it takes for you to pass - the real enduring hurt will be felt by those left behind.....
  • Yes. Yes it will.

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