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

Allow yourself to mourn. Expressing your grief in constructive ways will help you to heal. Take time to reflect on your loved one’s life and remember the experiences you shared together.

Processing your grief may not happen quickly. Grief is a process, not an event. Be patient and tolerant with yourself. Remember that the death of someone you loved changes your life forever.

Talking with family and friends, consulting hospice services, bereavement experts and spiritual advisors can help you process feelings of grief and loss and begin to focus on the reality of your “new normal.”

Embracing Your New Normal

From the moment a loved one nears End of Life, a caregiver or surviving loved one’s life is never the same. Exploring new relationships or enjoying activities after a loss can be challenging. Consider these suggestions to ease yourself back into your new reality of living life without your loved one:

  • Join a bereavement support group
    Being with others who know your situation can help you understand your feelings
  • Get involved in something new
    Enroll in an adult education or fitness class, join a book club or volunteer
Use your loss
  • Establish a tribute to your loved one
    Consider setting up an online memorial site, scholarship, plaque, scrapbook or charitable fund to honor their memory
  • Share your knowledge to help another
    Contact a medical association, hospice provider or support group and ask how you may help others who are experiencing a loved one’s End of Life
Gain perspective
  • Express yourself
    Write a story or poem, make a musical or video recording, or keep a journal
  • Talk to a therapist or grief counselor
    Talk through your feelings and experiences to help you process your grief and set new goals
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