How-to Prepare for a Loved One’s End of Life

Take a few minutes to answer these questions.
  1. What resources can help you learn more about your loved one’s condition?
  2. What decisions does your loved one need support with as they near End of Life?
  3. What hospice programs do your physicians, friends or caregivers recommend?
  4. Which family, friends or neighbors can offer you or your loved one the most support during this challenging time?
What to Do When End of Life is Near

Just as every life is unique, so is each person’s End of Life. End of Life may happen suddenly or slowly. You may need to ask a healthcare provider if your loved one’s End of Life is approaching. Remember, the provider can only give you an estimate of when that time may occur. Consider doing the following when your loved one’s End of Life is very near:

  • Gather close support
  • Offer reassurance and emotional support
Gather Close Support

When End of Life is near, help your loved one gather those who are closest. Remember to reach out for support for yourself and your own family too. Consider gathering these people when a loved one’s End of Life is imminent:

  • Family, friends, neighbors
  • Healthcare proxy or Will executor
  • Hospice or palliative care providers
  • Religious or spiritual advisors
  • Therapists, counselors or psychologists
Offer Reassurance and Emotional Support

Your loved one’s physical strength and cognitive functions may diminish, yet their capacity to feel frightened or at peace, loved or lonely, and sad or secure may remain.

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