- A mirthless smile
- Giving comfort to another without much energy (rubbing their back, patting their shoulder)
- Limp hands and arms
- Staring off at nothing
- A hanging head
- A loose jaw
- Feeling directionless
- Becoming less verbal
- Propping the cheek up with a fist
- A dull or bleak look
- Slowed responses to stimuli (loud noises, activity, a person speaking)
- A desire to sleep or tune out
- Depressed hunger and thirst
- The head dipping to the chest
- Silent tears…
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