Talking about death will never be a comfortable conversation, but it is important. If you or your loved one are running out of time, it may be a good idea to prepare well for it.
Not everyone has the luxury of saying goodbye. This is the silver lining of the situation, as you will be able to bid farewell and express your love. No one can plan the exact moment they are going to die, but at least your loved ones will be prepared when it happens.
If your loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it is important for the family to come to terms with the reality of impending death. It will be an emotional time, and it is common for grieving to occur even before the person passes.
As the days pass and death becomes closer, all that is left to do is to get ready to say goodbye for one last time. Here are some ways that you can prepare for the death of a loved one.
Talk to your loved one, and know what they want.
Your beloved is going through a difficult time as well. You can help comfort them by talking to them and asking what their wishes are. This may be a bucket list of things they want to accomplish before passing.
If they don’t have any final wishes, then you can gently bring up funeral arrangements. You can talk about whether they would prefer a traditional burial or a cremation service. You can also iron out the details such as their final resting place and the type of cremation urn they want.
This is also the perfect time to inquire if your loved one is leaving a will. If they don’t have one, and they’re still in good health, this is the right time to make one. Just be sure to go about it sensibly.
Spend as much time as you can with them.
Time is the most precious gift you can give. It is important that they spend as much time with family and friends as they can. This can be something as simple as spending time in their presence, having a meal with them, and visiting them as often as you can.
Once they pass later on, you will be happy that you were with them before their death. Express your feelings, tell them what they mean to you, and be honest. It might be uncomfortable to talk about their passing, but don’t hide your emotions.
Get in touch with their friends and colleagues.
Other friends and colleagues may want to say goodbye as well. As your loved one’s health deteriorates, you can help them out by reaching out to anyone who might wish to talk to them.
Keep in mind the patient’s condition. Don’t let them be overcrowded with guests and visitors, and schedule everyone’s visit. Your loved one might end up feeling tired and unsociable after a few visitors, so be sure to space them out well.
Learn about their condition.
The last thing your loved one would want to do is discuss their condition. You should have the initiative to know more about their illness. You can find out about this by simply asking their nurse, or making a quick Google search. There are support groups online as well so you will be able to know what to expect.
Talk to your loved one and ask how you can help them instead. Find out what will ease their pain and make them more comfortable. They deserve the best quality of life before their passing, and you can help them out in your own ways.