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take the fear out of the thought that someone "starves to death" or "dies of thirst."

I apologize for the off-topic digression, but...

Would you please explain this? How does it work?

I can't explain the biological side of it, but I can offer my observations of my father, whose death certificate lists the primary cause of death as dehydration and starvation.

The day he made his decision and requested (in home) hospice care the hospice people arranged a hospital bed and sublingual pain and anxiety meds (morphine and Zanex IIRC). We used little of the meds in the week it took him to die. He was alert and talkative for a few days, then gradually drifted into sleep most of the time. I don't recall his saying anything in the last 48 hours, and he eventually just stopped breathing.

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