As life’s end draws near, focus on the goodness that still exists
by David Hachmeister, Owner, Care & Comfort at Home for Seniors and Veterans
So much end-of-life care is focused on mortality, illness, emotional family interactions, and sadness. We must be careful not to miss the sweetness and humor that are also present in most end-of-life stories.
Some of the most genuine and deepest laughter comes when a family sits together and reminisces. Yes, old wounds might get scratched and reopened, but new understandings are just as likely.
Savor these final moments
As you visit with an aging parent, take a few moments to think back to the times you enjoyed together and the places you visited. Mom or dad might be unable to interact, but intimacy will come in a gentle, exhaled breath. Don’t be afraid of the tears mixed in. It simply means that you enjoyed the sweetness of life with that person of whom you must now let go.
Care & Comfort at Home understands and can help
At Care & Comfort at Home for Seniors and Veterans, we understand how important and satisfying these times can be. We are there to fill in as caregivers if you want to take a few hours off to share some time with that loving brother who lives too far away or if you need time to be alone with your own thoughts and emotions. We can sit in while you have an uninterrupted cup of tea on the front porch with an aunt who helped raise you. We can be there overnight to give you much needed, uninterrupted sleep.
Precious memories are exactly that – precious. Cherish them. Take the time to reflect, pray thankfully for the gifts you have been given. Allow us to allow you to do so.
If you need our help, we are just a phone call away, available 24 hours a day, seven days week. Contact us at 630-333-9262. We’ll be ready when you are.