Ahhh, the smell of death. Do we have a thread on this? We should. I've read discussions of it on here and have come across it myself, both personally and from other people's first-hand accounts. An aunt of mine, quite ill in hospital, was asleep in her bed when she suddenly sat up and said loudly 'I SMELL DEATH!' Staff and patients nearby were amused as nobody was poorly enough to be considering a visit from the Reaper except Auntie herself. Within hours, however, lady in the next bed suddenly took a turn for the worse and died . When I worked in hospitals I noticed the smell that cancer has. It's well-known that some cancers have a physical smell which can be distressing for patients. However, on a long-term cancer ward, when a patient went off for a home visit the room would be completely cleared out and everything possible washed or cleaned down, preferable with strong disinfectant, but the aroma would persist: a faint, gaggy, bitter stench. Drove the hardworking staff mad! I privately wondered if it was Death and not cancer that we could smell.