When you have a loved one who is approaching the end of their life, helping them to remain comfortable and pain free is often all that you can do. For many family members, they throw themselves into the role of caretaker and try not to think about how they will grieve. While dwelling on the final days is not necessary, it can be helpful to learn some grieving tips to help your family when the time comes.
Our hospice service not only offers quality hospice care for our patients, but we also want to make sure that the entire family is able to find peace and comfort once their loved one is gone. Understanding the grieving process can help you through this difficult time.
While every individual will go through the grieving process in their own unique way, there are some aspects of grief that are universal. For example, almost everyone experiences a sense of shock or numbness following the loss of a loved one. This is a difficult time and family care should include allowing individuals to process this grief in their own way.
There is no set time period that one must meet in order to progress through the grieving process. Grieving will take as long as necessary and is a very personal and individual matter. Many people find it helpful to discuss their grief with a close friend or even a family therapist, while others find comfort in quiet contemplation.
It can be very helpful to try and focus on pleasant memories rather, than dwelling on things that you could have done differently. Others might tell you to cheer up, or that it’s time to move on, but you need to grieve in your own way. During the grieving process, allow yourself to have your feelings. It’s also important to keep in mind that you’ll likely experience setbacks. Understanding and accepting that these feelings are normal is key to finding peace in this difficult time.