Anita Mooriani's experience of dying with cancer, and being conscious of herself as not only her body, but also beyond her body shows that how we interact with the person dying will have profound impact on the dying experience.
We can open up the opportunities where the will to live can kick in (like Anita's), or provide a respectful time for the passing into death. Anita chose the will to live herself without the intervention of the medical staff.
Western science when based solely on materialism, though good in treating the body, might miss out on the bigger opportunities for acknowledging the bigger life-and-death consciousness as described by Anita.
For example, Phyllis' example of the family singing to a dying relative provides a passage of love for the person dying and leaving the body to expand into deeper consciousness. I'd read a research article too that hearing is the last of the bodily senses to stop.