At the end stages of life, do not underestimate the loved one’s
need for spiritual growth and care through local clergy or religious
communities however insignificant it may seem to you.
Locate and understand all financial and legal papers such as wills,
power of attorneys, and bank accounts.
Make the necessary arrangements for a funeral or burial and if this
decision has not been made.
Do not cut yourself off from family and friends while going through
this situation, rather involve any relatives who may wish to visit and
spend some time with the loved one.
It may be a good time to reconnect with any family or friends of
the loved one they may have lost contact with over the years and see
if they might be willing to talk or visit.
Do not minimize a loved one’s pain in your own mind. Listen and
understand their feelings and be willing to support them no matter how
difficult it becomes.
If they are still able to be involved with the hobbies they have
enjoyed over the years, whether it is doing a crossword puzzle or
watching a television show, try your best to make it possible.
If their primary doctor has prescribed medicine for their pain, but
the loved one has yet to use it, you should urge they take it to
reduce pain as much as possible.
If you feel unable to provide further care, there are hospicee
programs available that can provide comfort and support for both
patients and families.
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