How to Support a Loved One at the End of Life
Navigating the emotional and mental needs nearing the end of their life is potentially the most challenging support aspect. The prospect of passing can seem extremely scary, and some patients might feel a need to rely on their family or friends by relinquishing the burdens they might be feeling or seeking advice or comfort. As a loved one and someone who desires to help, you might be asking yourself how you can best provide care and emotional support.
Seek Emotional Care
First, ensure that you seek assistance for your emotional state through a licensed counselor or therapist. Significant life changes like losing a loved one can cause an immense amount of emotional stress, and you deserve to have someone to talk to about your feelings. Suppose your loved one is getting hospice care through Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc. In that case, our organization offers various emotional care services to both patients and their families. To learn more about this specialized kind of care, click here.
It is essential to engage with a loved one on their terms in providing this kind of support. Keep an open mind and remember this is not about your personal opinions or judgments. If your loved one wants to talk about their fears, listen with compassion and provide reassurance. If they reveal regrets, do your best to relieve them. Remember that they are allowed to grieve however they wish or not at all, and you are there to help through their final days.
You are Never Alone
You and your loved ones don’t have to do this alone. At Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., we understand how challenging this time can be for our patients and their families. If your loved one is seeking hospice care, we provide resources for caregiver and family support, even for more technical, financial matters, or other aspects of planning. We also offer spiritual care for those difficult end-of-life emotions and questions. If you or a loved one is seeking hospice care or has questions about hospice care, you can choose the best way to contact Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc.