How to Deal with Caregiver Grief

As a caregiver you’re eventually going to be facing a time when your senior has reached the end of her journey. That experience is likely to cause you to experience a variety of emotions, including grief. Dealing with your grief as well as you can is going to help you to work through the experience at your own pace.

Step Away from Heavy Decisions

When you’re grieving, heavy or difficult decisions are something you’re likely to view in a much different way than you might under different circumstances. That’s why it’s important to give yourself as much time and space between big decisions and your grief as you can. Anything that can be put off needs to be put off. Anything that can’t wait is something that you need to think through carefully and perhaps get expert advice in resolving.

Avoid Isolating Yourself

You also need to remember to reach out to the people that you love now. It’s incredibly important that you talk to the people you love about how you’re feeling. They may need someone to talk to, even if you’re not really ready to share your feelings just yet. Check in with them to see what they need and what you can do that helps both of you.

Do Those Little Things That Take Care of You

It’s also important that you don’t forget about all those little things, like drinking water or eating, that help you to continue all the things you still have to do. If you’re not sleeping or you’re not hungry at all, that’s understandable, but your body still needs rest and fuel. Figuring out how to make sure you’re still taking care of yourself can help you to keep facing your feelings.

Get Grief Assistance Before Your Senior Passes Away

It’s entirely possible to get help managing your grief well before your senior passes away. Bereavement counselors have a great deal of experience with this sort of situation and can help you with anticipatory grief beforehand and larger grief afterward. Hospice elder care providers are there primarily to help your senior with her needs, but they also help the extended family. They can put you in touch with the help that you need.

Grief affects everyone differently, but it still needs to be faced. Ignoring it or trying to pretend as if everything is fine won’t turn out the way you want it to.

IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PALLIATIVE CARE IN LINCOLN, CA, FOR AN AGING LOVED ONE, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT PIC COMFORT CARE TODAY. CALL (530) 885-9948.

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