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End of Life Tips for Caregivers

By Ryan Mackey

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.

There are hospice programs available that can provide comfort and support for both patients and families.


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