Family grows old. It is a sad fact of life that one day we will have to say a final goodbye to all of the members of our family and this can be a difficult pill to swallow. But although life ends it is important for us to make the most of the life our family member has left and even if they don’t have long, we can care for them and help them love happy and comfortable days.
Whether you are looking at palliative care services or going through a final bucket list, here are some tips to ensure that you can look after your family member towards the end of their life this year.
- Look after yourself
When a family member it’s at the end of their life they will likely be the first and last thing on your mind every day and you will likely not even consider thinking about yourself. However, if you don’t look after yourself and stay fit and healthy, there is no real way that you can look after your family member. One of you needs to stay strong and in this case that needs to be you.
- Get informed
Depending on the situation your loved one is in this year, there will be different options for them and different help you can seek out. It is important to take a real look at the options and research what you can offer for your loved one at the end of their life this year.
- Ask for help
Once you have looked into the options this year it is important to for you to ask for help and get some real advice on how to care for the person you love. Life is long and if you don’t know what you are doing when caring for a loved one you should not put the burden on yourself or your family alone. The best thing you can do is seek advice from the professionals and they will be able to make your life so much easier in the long term.
- Talk about it
We all have a tendency to keep all of the bad feelings inside and if we are affected by a loved one’s illness we might even feel selfish for asking for help to cope with it ourself. However, it is more important than anything that we talk about our issues and feelings no matter what they are because it is unhealthy to keep these feelings locked inside and they can do a lot of damage to us in the long run.
- Think of the future
Perhaps the hardest thing of all to do when face with losing a loved one is to think about what comes next. The future is something we don’t want to think about in this situation but it is something which is important. We need to be able to plan for the sale of a home, the will and all of those niggling things which happen after.