Grief is felt physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. As naturally social beings, people often desire companionship during important moments in life. At times, grief can feel like too much of a burden for one person to bear. For some people, grief support groups can help to share the weight. Understanding the potential benefits of support groups can help individuals explore all of their options.
Because everyone experiences grief differently, many people find validation in discovering shared feelings or moments. There are several distinct stages of grief, and it can be helpful to hear other people’s ideas for methods of coping. Also, offering suggestions to others can sometimes aid the healing process.
There are times when even the best advice falls short. While nothing can replace a loved one who has passed away, building a community with other people who are also experiencing loss can help to combat isolation and loneliness. There is a connection that’s formed by shared moments that makes people feel closer together, and just getting out of the house and taking part in a group activity can make a tough day that much easier. Through various shared emotions and experiences, support groups can be a safe environment for anyone who is open to trying them.
During what is often a series of difficult moments and conversations , making connections during trying times in life can make all the difference. Experiencing empathy, finding renewed strength, and supporting others can bring about a sense of hopefulness and purpose. Traveling along this path with others can be a humbling and enlightening opportunity.
Support groups are there to support each member along their journey. Everyone is free to use whatever works best for them and change course as they see fit. Members are encouraged to be considerate of others and their preferences and to be sensitive to people’s boundaries as they navigate their own paths.
Arkansas Valley Hospice is a locally owned nonprofit centered around caring for the entire family. For more information about our end of life care and grief support services, give us a call at (719) 384-8827 or fill out our online form.
Eventually, many people diagnosed with a terminal illness must transition to hospice care to ensure their final days are spent as comfortably as possible. Although it’s difficult to cope after a parent or grandparent’s terminal diagnosis, it’s important to make a hospice care plan early to make the best decision with your loved one.
Plan Ahead Now
It’s hard to have this talk, but it’s important to talk about hospice with your loved one and his or her caregivers early on. This doesn’t mean that death is coming soon or that nothing else can be done. By the time they need hospice care, they may not be in a state of mind to express what they want. Having these tough conversations early helps everyone understand what your loved one wants for end-of-life care. This can make the transition to hospice as seamless as possible.
Talk About Their Wants
This conversation is all about what your parent or grandparent wants in his or her final days. The first thing to discuss is where they want to receive care: at home, in a nursing home, or at an inpatient facility. Discuss what would make them comfortable and how they would prefer to manage pain. For cancer patients, discuss when it’s time to discontinue chemotherapy or radiation and transition into palliative care. Based on these conversations, you’ll be able to choose a hospice care provider that meets your loved one’s needs.
Prepare for Arguments Against Hospice
When multiple caregivers are involved, you’re likely to encounter resistance about hospice. Some folks will argue that the family can care for the patient on their own; after all, it’s difficult to entrust someone new with your parent’s care. But hospice caregivers and medical staff are highly trained to keep your loved one safe and comfortable. Others will argue that it’s too early for hospice care, but many families end up saying they wish they had started hospice sooner. Others simply have misconceptions about hospice: they think Mom will have to stop all her other medications, or that transitioning to hospice means they’ve given up on Dad. Clearing up some of these concerns and misconceptions can help your parent or grandparent live more comfortably in their final days.
Learn More About Hospice Today
A conversation about hospice can be emotional, but Arkansas Valley Hospice wants to arm you with information to have this difficult talk with your family. We offer hospice, palliative, and respite services to help your family during the final stages of your loved one’s life. We are happy to speak with you about how our services can benefit your family. Reach out to us or call us at (719) 384-8827 to learn more.
Moving an aging parent or loved one to hospice care is an emotional decision, but hospice can help terminally ill patients live the remainder of their lives in their own homes, surrounded by family. While hospice offers a number of benefits to patients and their family members, it’s important for families to find a provider they can trust to provide kind, compassionate care. These three questions can help families make that decision.
How Is End-of-Life Care Provided?
Not every hospice service provider is the same, so families will want to understand how care will be provided to their parent or relative. The provider should have a strong focus on end-of-life programs and services, with the ability to provide families with additional care and support as the patient’s health declines or their pain level increases. It’s during this time that caregivers become even more involved; the best hospice providers will arrange for staff to be increasingly present to support the patient and family as the patient approaches their final stages of life.
How Often Will Caregivers Visit?
Members of the care team should visit several times a day as the patient’s health declines, but each patient has unique needs, and they may not require as much attention at first. The family and provider should work together to create a care plan that addresses the patient’s needs, whether that entails round-the-clock assistance or extra help a few days a week. Families also want to find out who will make up the caregiving team, such as trained caregivers, doctors, nurses, social workers, or chaplains, to ensure that the patient’s every need is met.
Is Respite Care Available?
Even with the assistance of caregivers, families often get exhausted while caring for their sick loved one, especially when working full-time and managing a family. Some hospice providers offer respite care, which gives the family a break while ensuring the patient still receives quality care. This allows family members to recharge, focus on their own health, and take care of other obligations with peace of mind.
Arkansas Valley Hospice provides hospice and respite care services to offer comfort and support to terminally ill patients and their families. Choosing a hospice provider is a big decision, and we want you to feel confident that your loved one receives the best possible care during the final stages of life. We are happy to answer all of your questions so that you can make an informed decision. Give us a call today at (719) 384-8827 to speak with a member of our team.
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