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Does Grief Have a Role in Your Elderly Care Journey?

Elderly Care in Perry FL

Grief can be one of the most painful and difficult to process emotions that you experience in your lifetime. It goes far beyond just the feelings of an emotion to an all-consuming presence that can make it feel like you are unable to move forward in your life. Grief comes when you are coping with the most challenging types of losses and can make a lasting, lingering impact on your entire life.

This may sound like it is something that you should try to avoid or at least work through as quickly as possible within your elderly care journey with your aging parents. You may feel like Elderly-Care-Perry-FLsomething as painful and difficult as grief could only have negative results and could leave your parents suffering from serious mental and emotional health consequences that you want to avoid in order to protect them and give them a higher quality of life.

The reality is, however, that grief can be a beneficial and constructive experience that you can work through with your aging loved ones to enhance your elderly care journey and even make a difference in the world around you.

 

Some ways that you can let grief play a constructive role in your elderly care journey include:

• Making a personal connection. Many seniors start a care arrangement with an elderly health care services provider soon after the death of their spouse. This can be an extremely difficult
time and your seniors may feel compelled to withdraw and refuse to reach out to the care provider. Using grief as a means of personal connection, however, can not only allow your surviving parent to work through the difficulty of the grief, but also to start building a beneficial relationship with the care provider. Encourage your senior to be open and honest about what she is going through, and let the care provider know about the recent death. Together they can go through pictures, talk about memories, and find new patterns to life that integrate the memory of the lost spouse but focus on the life of the surviving one.

• Honoring the lost person. Refusing to grieve is refusing to acknowledge the life and contribution of the person who has been lost. This is not only painful for those who are grieving the loss, but it also makes it so that younger generations who did not know that person well miss out on knowing about him. Working through grief by acknowledging the person and why you are feeling the pain you are feeling enables you to continue to honor that person and tell the younger members of your family about him.

• Helping others. Grief is a powerful motivator, and you can encourage your grieving parent to take those difficult emotions and turn them into a force for good in the community around her. Channel her grief into involvement in awareness campaigns for the illness that took that person’s life, or being a part of a special organization or effort that meant something to that person. She can even join a support group and help guide others through their own journeys, offering encouragement and emotional support that will ease their way.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Perryville, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today: (FL) 850-386-5552, (GA) 229-236-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida & South Georgia

 

Jami D. Eddy

Jami Eddy is the Administrator and an owner of Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. She graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a major in criminology and a minor in psychology. Jami has been with Hopewell for more than 10 years and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business.