going to hell in a hand basket

If someone is going to hell in a hand basket, the phrase means to indicate this person is rapidly deteriorating and on a course for pending disaster in their life. There can be many reasons this persons life is deteriorating which may or may not be intentional on their part. It is typically small disasters and dilemmas that have added up, some of which may be of their doing which is why they are going to hell in a hand basket.