Interesting Facts About Death: No One Can Escape!

Death is the one thing we never think about and the one thing no one can escape. Death comes to us all and when it comes, it is not going to be pretty. Though it is easier to see in the movies or on TV, it scares us and disturbs us when we see it happen to someone in front of us or someone we know.
It disturbs and makes us paranoid because it is something over which we have no control, something from which there is no return. That finality of death is hard to process and the non-existence of our being after death is impossible for the brain to comprehend.
Death is the cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. Phenomena that commonly bring about death include aging, dehydration, malnutrition, predation, disease, homicide, suicide, starvation, and accidents or trauma resulting in terminal injury. In most cases, bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death.
Death – particularly the death of humans – has commonly been considered a sad or unpleasant occasion, due to the affection for the being that has died and the termination of social and familial bonds with the deceased.
Here are SIX interesting little-known facts about death:
1. As a person dies, the sense of hearing is the last to go. Several things happen as a person is dying. The breathing pattern changes, there might be hallucinations, agitation, and loss of appetite.
There will be changes in skin color and temperature, changes in bowel and bladder functions, and relaxation of muscles as the blood moves away from the extremities. Among all the things that stop working hearing is the last sense to go in a dying person according to Dr. Katherine Clark, a staff specialist in palliative care, at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. She cites this was indicated by the ECGs of various people’s brains during death.
2. Within three days of death, the enzymes that once digested your dinner begin to digest you. During the process of digestion, the stomach releases enzymes and acids that breakdown bigger molecules of food into smaller ones so they can be absorbed by the body as nutrients.
The cells lining the inner walls of your intestines are said to release as much as two liters of HCl (hydrochloric acid). Since the acid is corrosive the intestines regularly secrete a thick coating of mucus. These secretions cease after you die. As the mucus becomes depleted the enzymes and the acids start eating through your intestinal tissues.
3. Before a person dies from hypothermia, they experience a burst of extreme heat that causes them to undress. This is known as “paradoxical undressing.” There are two possible explanations for paradoxical undressing.
One is that the hypothalamus, which helps regulate the body’s temperature, starts to malfunction because of the cold. The second explanation is that the muscles that contract the peripheral blood vessels become exhausted and relax, causing a sudden rush of blood to the extremities making the person feel very hot.
It is said that anywhere from 25 to 50 percent of hypothermia deaths are due to paradoxical undressing. Because of the cold, the victims become disoriented and confused, and in that state end up removing their clothes when they feel they are becoming overheated. This exposes them to further heat loss and death if no help arrives.
4. Between 1 to 9 minutes after death, a person’s pupils begin to dilate and cloud over. The cloudy look is from the potassium in the red blood cells breaking down. Because most people die with their eyes open, the process usually occurs fairly quickly, though it can take up to 3 hours in some cases.
5. Approximately 830 women die each day from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications around the world. Most of these deaths occur in developing countries and most could have been prevented.
6. Male dead bodies can get a post-mortem erection. Also known as angel lust or terminal erection, death erection is usually seen in the dead bodies of men who were executed, especially hanged, or who had a violent death.
The pressure created by the noose during the hanging on the cerebellum is said to cause the erection. It is also seen among living men who experience erection without any physical or psychological stimulation because of an injury to their spinal cord or cerebellum.
Apart from erection, violent deaths could also cause discharge of urine, mucus or prostatic fluid. In women, such deaths could cause enlargement of the vagina and clitoris and sometimes vaginal bleeding.

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