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www.holyredeemer.com/Main/TheDyingProcess.aspx

There are physical signs indicating that death is near, which usually occur days or hours before death. Usually the process includes: Decreased responsiveness ; Semi-coma like state; Cannot be aroused to sound of name or light touch ; Eyes may be closed, or half open, glassy or tearing. If open, the eyes may appear to “look past you".

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Myself, my mother and my brother were with her at the time. There were signs that the time was near but she never stirred until the moment of her death when she opened her eyes wide and stared straight into my mom's eyes for what seemed like 10 seconds or so, and then passed. It's interesting how the 3 of us processed that moment.

www.quora.com/Why-do-eyes-open-before-death

When you pass the muscles used to keep your eyes shut becoming relaxed causing them to open.your eyes opening at death also could depend on medication and cause of death also certain illnesses that cause dehydration right before death can cause your eyes to simply open.

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A Curious, Amazing Thing That Often Happens Just Before Death. Posted by Dia in Living and Dying and tagged with humor, ... “He opened his eyes and locked onto mine…and I just panicked,” the hubster admitted. ... Amazing Thing That Often Happens Just Before Death The Jewish Do Not Leave Their Dead Bodies Alone Blog Stats.

www.agingcare.com/Questions/someone-near-death-eyes-change-157085.htm

I noticed his eyes changing at the onset of hospice nearly a year ago, eyes went from blue to dull grey, never returned to blue. At time of death, nearly the same, no clouding etc. The odor mentioned in another post: There has been a persistent odor, not foul, but not pleasant either and it was not from cleaning agents or clothing.

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2902109

Open eyes at death may be interpreted as an indication that the deceased is fearful of the future, presumably because of past behaviors. Such an interpretation is invited in the newspaper headline ‘Bomber McVeigh dies, eyes wide open,’ referring to the execution of the Oklahoma City bomber.

www.city-data.com/forum/grief-mourning/2001195-what-do-eyes-open-death-mean.html

If they are asleep, as my mother was, the eyes will open slightly due to muscle relaxation. I think that's why her eyes were partially open also. IF you happen to have your eyes open at the moment of death, I think they stay open until someone closes them because there is no brain activity to the muscles.

www.reference.com/science/eyes-open-after-death-4d746a5da47e86c4

Why Do Eyes Open After Death? Home Science Human Anatomy. Why Do Eyes Open After Death? Why Do Eyes Open After Death? In some cases, when a person dies, the jaw muscles and muscles surrounding his eyes relax, causing the mouth and eyes to open slightly, according to Willamette Valley Hospice. ... eyes open near death eyes open wide before death ...

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Can someone explain why my dad's eyes open wide right before his last breath? ... The doctor told me that death sometimes is a release, a blessing if someone is really sick, and the last breath is the relaxing of the muscles, and in ancient times it was believed that when the muscles relaxed and the soul was released, the vision in the eyes is ...

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Re: for anyone who has seen a person pass away A friend of mine told me he witnessed a death of someone and he told that at the time of his death he talked and said "Everybody calm down, they have come to pick me up" and the person died.