Everyone’s story is different, but for everyone, death is inevitable, and each loss is felt by the loves ones left behind. If you know someone at end of life, you may be struggling with how to support them in this time. You yourself are likely struggling with the news, but in a different way than they are. The last thing you want to do is to become an emotional burden to them. Here are some tips for satisfying both of your needs:
-Don’t underestimate the value of just being present. Spending time with each other is valuable, even if nothing is said. Sharing a meal or watching a television show together goes a long way.
-Let your loved one know that you are there if there is anything they want to talk about. But do not pressure them.
-Accept that different people are going to cope with their illness/diagnosis in different ways. Do not try to force your loved one (or yourself) into a mold. Allow both yourself and your loved one the time you each need.
-Ask your loved one to share stories about his or her life. Learn as much as you can in the time you have left. You will love hearing the stories—there is so much we do not know about even those closest to us—and they will love sharing them.
If you have any questions about hospice, would like to schedule a consultation with us, or would like to receive hospice services, contact Procare Hospice – your Las Vegas hospice – today. We look forward to serving you.