4 Ways to Cope with a Terminally Ill Loved One

Hospice volunteer assisting a man

Dealing with a terminally ill loved one is never easy. There is an overwhelming whirlpool of emotions, especially when his or her imminent death pervades your thoughts. But dealing with such emotions shouldn’t be unbearable. Like all trials in life, there will be ways you can cope with it. Follow these few tips, and you will make this phase much more manageable.

Positive and honest communication

Most of the people who had difficulties with closure are those who didn’t talk with their loved ones. Although it is heartbreaking, getting the words out between you two will help in the end. Listen. Empathize. If you don’t know where to start, try saying I love you, I forgive you, or forgive me. These simple phrases can say not just multitudes, but it will say enough.

Get professional help

You don’t have to feel helpless in this time of need. There are a lot of trained professionals who can help. For both you and your loved one, you can try going to a hospice home facility such as the Hospice of the Calumet Area. They’ll provide emotional, spiritual and medical care to maintain the quality of life. Another option is to go and see a counselor. They can help process your emotions and guide you through the journey of healing.

Spend time with family and friends

In this time of need, it is best for you to seek emotional support from your friends and family. Your foundations might be unstable these times. It is perfectly fine for you to spend time with others. Go out with them and do fun and relaxing activities you normally do. Having a sense of normalcy will keep you grounded and much more stable.

Prepare for their death

Although it might be morbid to say, it is advisable to prepare for their death with a prearranged funeral. In a way, this is already a step forward in your closure. Preparing would mean that when the day comes, all you have to do is give a call to the funeral home. There will be less hassle, and you can focus all your energy on moving on.

It is understandable that these times might be hard for you. Follow these few tips, and everything would be more bearable for you and your loved one.