I have been told by doctors that pneumonia is a very peaceful death. It is referred to as ‘the old man’s friend.’
When my father-in-law caught it in his late eighties, a rather insensitive female doctor said that to my wife, who handled it well, I thought. He got better, but died a few years later, peacefully, though his last few years were somewhat difficult.
He had cancer ,so I doubt that his death was peaceful.
No, it's not. Once the ventilator is removed, you struggle to breathe until your heart stops.
You might not know it because you are sedated. But, it's a horrific experience for any family that witnesses it.
I once had a full blown case of pneumonia when I was in my early thirties. Let me tell you, it's not peaceful in any way. Damn frightening, if you ask me.
I found pneumonia to be painful. I flat lined from it (and H1N1) Oct 22 2009. They brought me back but I do know what it is like. It’s a weird feeling to be looking down at yourself watching all the action from 5-6 above.