As our loved ones reach the end of their journey with us, we should make the time as peaceful as possible.
Keep a close watch on symptoms such as changes in appetite, breathing problems, digestive problems, changes in body temperature, or pain. These could be warning signs that your loved one is nearing the end of life; be sure to consult your loved one’s doctors with the available options to help soothe the suffering.
If the situation reaches a dire conclusion, it may be best to contact a hospice care program to make the transition peaceful and pain-free. Hospice programs work with your loved one’s doctors to create a plan that will most benefit your loved one in their final stages of life. You will typically have a team of nurses, social workers, and aides that work to maintain a pain-free and comfortable environment for your loved one.
To alleviate the worry and stress of your loved one being resuscitated from their peaceful sleep, complete a DNR or Do Not Resuscitate form and have it posted in their living area where emergency personnel should they be called.
While your loved one’s will is not read until after their death and funeral, please be familiar with their burial wishes. If they own any pets, make sure there is a secondary home with proper care prepared for them.
During these processes, be sure to keep in contact with family and relatives so that they can be prepared to travel. If small children will be present, be sure to explain the situation to them in the most age appropriate way possible. Having love and support during this time can be invaluable.
Once your loved one has passed, it may be difficult to return to your daily activities. Be sure to keep them in mind every day and celebrate the long and prosperous life they lived.
Secure Aging understands that losing a loved one is difficult, but we want you to celebrate their life. We can help make life easier by tracking monthly income and expenses, as well as fully advocating for our clients’ well-being and safety. We are here to help make your life easier and keep your loved ones safe.
Reba Rogers, CPA, is the founder of Secure Aging, a group of care managers who preserve the independence and protect the assets of seniors by helping them with financial management. She is also a Director Consultant for BNI (Business Network International), a referral marketing organization which gives her access to many trusted business professionals in the community.