Ways to Communicate to an Unconscious Person

Lee HansenStarred Page By Lee Hansen, 29th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Even though someone may be in an unconscious state, there are things that you can do to communicate with them while displaying love and compassion.

In an Unconscious State

I've heard it said that an unconscious person may be able to hear but can't respond. With that in mind it is so important to be careful what you say and do around that person. Here are ways that you might be able to communicate with them.

Read to Them and Play Music

If you know of their favorite book read it aloud to them. A passage of Scripture would be most appropriate too. You never know what might stimulate them to speak.

Play soft music because it can have a calming effect. Nature sounds on CD can be quite soothing and relaxing too.

Touch and Talk

Connect with them by gently touching them. It can be something as simple as holding their hand or massaging their feet if not prohibited by the medical staff.

Let them know about things that are going on in your life and other family members and friends. The familiarity of the names might possibly spur a response.

Express your love to them by literally speaking the words to them. Kiss them on the cheek or forehead to further emphasize your proclamation.


It feels good to have your hair combed or brushed. It may elicit a groan of appreciation. Additionally it makes your loved one look presentable in spite of what they may be going through. They still need to be treated with utmost care and respect.

Pictures and Cards

Make their environment as homey and comfortable as possible. Wouldn't it be wonderful to see them "greeted" by familiar pictures should they wake up?

Say Goodbye

When you are ready to leave for the day tell them goodbye. Let them know you plan to see them at another time. It may give them a sense of anticipation and hope that they cannot verbally express to you.

Having Done All You Can

While there is no guarantee that the person will come out of their state of unconsciousness, you can at least know that you showed a level of care and compassion. You also gave them dignity and respect with the knowledge that they are loved should they enter their final rest.

Credit: Pictures by Wikimedia Commons


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As a breast cancer survivor I have learned to take time to smell the roses in life. I love sharing my passion of reading to children. My pages will be on various topics.

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author avatar Retired
29th Aug 2014 (#)

There is such comfort in this, Lee. I so agree with your suggestions. Lovely work.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
30th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Susan. I hope it is truly a comfort to others.

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author avatar HacBao
30th Aug 2014 (#)

I agree with you, even if they are unconscious, they would love to know that someone is interested in them

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author avatar Lee Hansen
30th Aug 2014 (#)

Yes HacBao. I agree. I would not want to be alone.

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author avatar Retired
30th Aug 2014 (#)

Yes, Lee, I have had to do these things for loved ones who eventually passed on. I am glad that I actually accomplished some of the things you suggested. I have the knowledge now, from reading your article, that I did the right things. At the time, you never know whether it's good or not.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
30th Aug 2014 (#)

LeRain, Thanks. I am so very glad that you were doing these things. I am sure it gave comfort to your loved one.. It's so important that they don't feel alone.

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