When a tragic life event happens, such as the death of a loved one, it is natural for a person to experience a period of grieving. Seniors can experience the grieving process differently because life is now more about reflection than looking towards the future. Approach the situation carefully when you’re trying to help an elder loved one through a tough time.
Focus on Acceptance
The normal grieving process has multiple stages with the last one focusing on acceptance. Help your loved one work towards accepting their recent loss by openly talking with them. Let them know that it’s normal to feel anger and guilt. Being able to talk about the loss can make it easier to move forward.
Everyone deals with death in their own way. For many, attending support groups and seeking outside help can expedite the process of being able to talk about the loss. Many seniors might not want to talk about it so soon, but you can keep them busy by participating in activities with them. Take classes or partake in your loved one’s hobby to add a little extra fun to their day.
There many ways to help with grieving that actively involve remembering the deceased person. If a person passed from a specific disease, condition, or accident, find ways to help raise awareness for a cause that helps prevent it. Many people also find it helpful to create a photo album of this person. This way they can relive memories of the good times they shared and have something to remember them by.
Seniors can experience loneliness and depression after the loss of a loved one, and they might need your help to get them through this tough time. For other useful tips and information, visit our blog! If you’re interested in learning more, or visiting The Arbors Assisted Living community, schedule a tour by contacting one of our five convenient locations: