Having some anxiety about death is an entirely normal part of the human condition.
However, for some people, thinking about their own death or the process of dying can cause intense anxiety and fear.
A person may feel extreme anxiety and fear when they consider that death is inevitable.
What is the fear of dying called?
Death anxiety (psychology) Also referred to as thanatophobia (fear of death), death anxiety is distinguished from necrophobia, which is a specific fear of dead or dying people and/or things (i.e., fear of others who are dead or dying, not of one’s own death or dying).
What are the signs that death is near?
How to tell if death is near
- Decreasing appetite. A decreased appetite may be a sign that death is near.
- Sleeping more.
- Becoming less social.
- Changing vital signs.
- Changing toilet habits.
- Weakening muscles.
- Dropping body temperature.
- Experiencing confusion.
What causes death anxiety?
Particular triggers for thanatophobia could include an early traumatic event related to almost dying or the death of a loved one. A person who has a severe illness may experience thanatophobia because they are anxious about dying, though ill health is not necessary for a person to experience this anxiety.