How to Make the Transition of Death Easier for Your Loved One
We know that caring for a dying loved one isn’t challenging. As you feel that they are nearing the end, you ask yourself if you are prepared to accept the passing away of a person who’s dearly close to you. At this stage, it is essential to know what you can expect at this point, as well as know what are the best ways to ensure your loved one’s comfort, even if they’re nearing the end of their lives.
Here are essential tips on how to make the transition of death more comfortable for your loved one.
The Choice of Where to Die
There are several choices on where you can conduct end of life care.
Some people may spend their last moments in an inpatient hospice facility, a nursing home, or a hospital. Palliative and hospice treatments are given to ensure that person passes away as comfortably as possible, relieving pain, and easing possible symptoms.
Others, however, choose to pass away peacefully at home, in the arms of a loved one. You can either have the option to hire the services of a home care service or act as a primary caregiver yourself. It is to ensure that your beloved maintains the highest quality of life even at the very end.
At this point, it is vital to know which type of treatment and option your beloved prefers. Some people want to die without the burden of having life-support sustaining them, and want to pass away as peaceful as possible. It is essential to at least honor your loved one’s preferences, whatever they may be.
Saying goodbyes can be painful, but you can help your beloved communicate their final goodbyes, convey gratitude, and give forgiveness to family and friends. If you can, encourage a meaningful discussion between involved parties.
How Do You Know That Death Is Near?
It is difficult to predict when a person will die. However, you can look for possible signs that may predict that your beloved’s passing might be near. Here are a few signs to look out for.
Your loved one may withdraw from activities they usually find pleasure in or lose interest in interacting with family and friends.
Loss of Appetite
There is a recent change in eating habits, lack of desire to eat.
Agitation and Restlessness
Frequent change of positions, in a state of unrest and discomfort.
Your loved one may sleep more than usual, be drowsy, or have irregular sleep habits.
Irregular Changes in Breathing
Either awake or asleep, your beloved is experiencing changes in their breathing patterns.
Telling You That They Are Seeing Someone Who Has Already Died
They may report to you seeing a person who has already passed away, or they may remark that they are passing away.
Although you cannot change their fate, it is vital at this point to ensure their comfort, usually with the help and support of palliative care specialists. You can also start a vigil with the rest of your family and friends. This way, you can show your love and support to your departing beloved even at the last stages of their lives. Additionally, you can make sure that you have an adequate hospital cover and insurance to pay for necessary hospital costs for your greater peace of mind.
Jessica is a professional health expert who works for some major health industry giants. She currently writes for Membersown and is dedicated to helping people learn more about health related topics along the journey. When she’s not a health advocate, she enjoys some down time traveling or talking with family.
Updated: April 17, 2018