It has to do with the loss of muscle tone that occurs just prior to death. The eye area is controlled by several muscles. The orbicularis oculi is what you use to close your eye, and it behaves a bit like a drawstring. When a person is close to de...
A Curious, Amazing Thing That Often Happens Just Before Death. Posted by Dia in Living and Dying and tagged ... too (even though that was scientifically impossible with all the heavy sedation she was under,) her eyes opening for one last, brief glimpse as my brother read a passage aloud from the Upanishads. My grandmother was decidedly more ...
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.
As death approaches, the body slowly and naturally shuts down. 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.
It works in a head-to-toe fashion. In most cases, rigor mortis begins within 1-3 hours after death, and it begins to pass after 24 hours. Even the eyelids get rigor mortis, so if they are not closed shut after death, eye caps (a big round lens with spiky protrusions) are used to get them open.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a very precious time because it normally doesn't last long, as most people become unconscious (unresponsive) hours or days before they stop breathing. Signs of Imminent Death. Eyes have glassy fixed stare with large pupils Pasty grey, or blue greyish colour present especially on lips, hands and feet