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How to Prepare for the Loss of an Aging Parent

By Beth Brown, 9:00 am on

If your senior loved one is in his or her final days, you may be stressed about how to manage the loss with caution and care. Since creating a comfortable environment for both yourself and your loved one may be a top concern during this time, the caring staff at Palm Beach Home Care Assistance offers a few tips how to prepare for the loss.

Know What to Expect

Death is never easy to face, but it is a natural part of life and the process has been well documented, so talk with other family members about the changes your loved one may be going through. The more you understand about how death affects diet, sleep, incontinence, breathing, skin color, and socialization, the more comfortable you’ll feel around your dying loved one.

Practice Forgiveness

When your loved one is preparing for death, give him or her the gift of a clear mind. Consider letting go of pettiness from the past and describing things you’re sorry for. Make sure your loved one knows the door is open if he or she chooses to seek forgiveness from others, and find a way to mend bridges so everyone can achieve a clear conscience.

Plan for Grief

It’s common for the grieving process to take 3 to 5 years. When we rush ourselves through grief, we can do psychological damage that takes even longer to cope with. Notify colleagues, bosses, clients, and acquaintances you’re losing someone important. Communicate to everyone involved that no matter how long it takes, you’re grateful to have them to grieve with.

Remember Who Is Dying

When your loved one is passing, it can be easy to get caught up in your own feelings and forget about his or her needs and wants. Your own discomfort can stop you from giving your loved one the chance to come to terms with what’s happening. Try asking questions such as, “How do you feel?” or “Is there anything you want to say to anyone?” or “Is there anyone you want to see?” and remember to listen and be earnest in your attempt to fulfill the needs entrusted to you.

Preparing for a loved one’s passing is never easy, but you and your family don’t have to do it alone. At Palm Beach Home Care Assistance, we offer comprehensive home care services to help offset some of the challenges families face during this difficult time. Our hourly and live-in caregivers in Palm Beachcan help with everything from personal grooming and medication reminders to grocery shopping and cleaning, ensuring family members are able to focus on providing a loving and supportive environment for their elderly relative. To learn more, call a dedicated Care Manager at 561.429.8292.