Your loved one may decrease food intake. This may trouble you to witness, as you may feel that eating can somehow renew your loved one's strength. However, as one becomes closer to death, the body no longer needs nourishment. Repeatedly encouraging someone to eat, or even forcing food can cause nausea and abdominal pain, according to Rhode Island Hospital. However, you can provide comfort by applying lip balm or moistening the lips of your loved one with ice chips, recommends the Mayo Clinic.