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How to Help Loved Ones Prepare for Loss

By Ilse du Bernard, 9:00 am on

One thing any caregiver dreads is the eventual death of the loved one they are watching over. Though this unfortunate circumstance may not be imminent, it is inevitable. However, there are ways to lessen the blow and ease your loved ones into preparation for this loss. Here are just a few suggestions from the dedicated staff at Home Care Assistance North Houston.

Spend Time Together

Make sure you are available to send as much time with your loved one as possible. Talk to them. Let them know your fears and find out if they share the same feelings. There’s no need to avoid the topic at hand, and talking about the inevitable may actually help them feel emotionally supported. Depending on the abilities of your loved one, this is a great time to learn anything about them you’ve always wanted to know, or to ask them to record an interview for future generations.

Contact Others

Other family members and friends will want to know if the person they are also close to may be gone soon. As the primary in-home caregiver, it is up to you to get in touch with these people and allow them the opportunity to come spend some time with your elderly relative. This doesn’t need to be depressing. Consider planning a get together or celebration that will keep your loved one in good spirits. Although your loved one’s passing is tough to face, maintaining a positive environment will make it easier for everyone to say their “goodbyes” and make some pleasant final memories.

Organizing Personal Affairs

Though this may be one of the least desirable activities prior to losing a loved one, it will be less stressful for you in the long run if you start planning ahead. If your loved one has a will or assets that need to be put in order, try to make this into an activity that you can work on together without focusing on the negative aspects. And though no one ever wants to have to make funeral arrangements, you may want to consider getting these in order ahead of time as well to ensure your loved one’s wishes are met.

Loss is never going to be easy, and it is up to you to make the most of your time together while it is available. Know that you are fortunate to have the opportunity to create final moments with your loved one and ensure his or her final wishes are met.

For help with senior planning or to find 24/7 live-in home care for a loved one in the later stages of an advanced condition, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our compassionate caregivers are trained to handle a wide variety of senior care needs, allowing you and your family to focus on your loved one. For more information, please call a friendly Care Manager at 832-412-1345.