Is it painful when a person isn’t eating or drinking any more?

While pain is a common symptom at the end of life, it isn’t caused by lack of food or fluids.

People with a terminal illness don’t have a problem with "hunger pains." Commonly they lose their appetite, their sense of hunger, and all interest in food. This can result from nausea, physical discomfort from eating even small amounts of food, and the overall effect of the illness.