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Magnus's avatar

Is it true that you spontaneously empty your bowels right before or right after dying?

Asked by Magnus (2857 points ) August 23rd, 2008

I have heard this many times, is this the case all the time?

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marinelife's avatar

It’s a maybe. From HeartsAwayHospice:http://www.heartswayhospice.org/as_death_approaches.htm

“The person may lose bladder and/or bowel control as muscles in that area begin to relax.”

glitterrrrfish's avatar

I heard about that too, and its true. It really does happen. My grandad thought it made you unholy when you die so before he got really sick he started fasting. He fasted for 2 weeks to empty his stomach out so he wouldn’t shit in his pants when he died

JackAdams's avatar

I’ll let you know, the next time I die.

I’ve never noticed, with all of the other times.

August 23, 2008, 1:31 PM EDT

Magnus's avatar

I don’t know what to say glitterrrsih, that’s pretty sick..

AstroChuck's avatar

It it just me or does the idea of spontaneous emptying of bowels turn anybody else on?

JackAdams's avatar

You’re the only one, I bet… (j/k)

August 23, 2008, 1:55 PM EDT

Mr_M's avatar

But you don’t “EMPTY” the bowels per se. To do that, you would need to be alive. But when the muscles are fully relaxed, stuff seeps out.

JackAdams's avatar

You are totally correct, Doctor!

August 23, 2008, 3:07 PM EDT

stratman37's avatar

Two Girls and an AstroChuck!

gooch's avatar

yes they relax then it is expelled.

greylady's avatar

That does happen to some people when they die, but not to everyone. You don’t have to worry about it, though. If you are in the hospital the nurses will take care of it. If you die at home, the funeral home people take care of it. All of them/us are used to those kinds of things and it doesn’t bother them/us to preform the care as a respectful service to that body.

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