Your loved one’s final days, weeks, or months can be difficult, and having you by their side can make a profound difference. However, it can be challenging to know what to do and say. Simply talking and providing the necessary medical or hospice care can go a long way. Here’s a quick guide to comforting your loved one.
3 Ways to Comfort a Loved One Who Is Dying
1. Keep Them Physically Comfortable
You’ll first want to ensure your loved one is physically comfortable. Create a quiet environment where they can relax. Make sure friends and family are quiet and that they have amenities in their hospice care facility, such as a room with a large window and a TV. Further, at-home and facility-based services ensure all their medical needs will be met.
2. Follow Their Lead
Sometimes, silence is best. Your loved one may also be too weak to talk, so on most days, follow their lead. They may have conversations they want to have, people they want to see, or a need to spend time alone. Let them choose when they want to interact. They’ll be most comfortable if they’re in control of the situation; this approach also ensures their last wishes are met.
3. Discuss Memories
Your loved one may want to reflect on the best times in their life, so discuss fond memories. They can be about people, places, events, and even simple everyday life. You may learn something new about them in the process. Shared memories are also meaningful. If they’re up for a group conversation, bring friends and family to reminisce together.
If a loved one requires hospice care, contact Lifetime Care. They’ve helped families in Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, Ontario, Yates, Seneca, Cayuga, Schuyler counties, NY, since 1960 and take a compassionate, respectful approach to care. Their skilled home health care staff will address both immediate and long-term needs. Learn more about their services on their website. Call (585) 214-1000 to speak with a member of their hospice care team.