One of the most traumatic events you may experience is the death of a loved one. If someone you know is on the verge of imminent death, no doubt you are feeling extremely anxious.
You start thinking of the worst. You feel like your world is coming down on you.
So how do you deal with the imminent death of a loved one? How do you cope with your grief?
This article will present you with a few tips on how to mentally and emotionally prepare yourself.
How to Prepare for an Imminent Death
You should first sort out any legal or financial affairs for your loved one – if this responsibility has been given to you. You’ll be surprised that this responsibility will give you a sense of purpose and can keep your mind focused.
You may even wish to advise your loved one on what they should do.
Then, here’s what else you need to do:
1. Tie Up Loose Ends
If you have loose ends with your loved one, now is the time to tie them up. Now is the time to say things that you never said before.
For example, if you wish to apologize for any incident in the past, now is the time to do it. If there are uncomfortable things you never expressed, now is the time. However, if anything you say may cause grief to your loved one – then it’s better left unsaid.
This is also the time to reassure your loved one. For example, if one parent is dying and leaving your other parent – assure them that you will take care of the remaining parent.
2. Don’t Rush Your Grief
As you get closer to your loved one’s imminent death, and in the days succeeding the death, you may notice that you don’t have a breakdown. Some of us break down immediately, and some are slower.
Don’t rush your grief. It may take time for the loved one’s death to truly affect you. Maybe you will feel depressed for a few days. Then you may even feel angry.
You may experience a breakdown and cry immensely much later. Let it come naturally.
3. Allow Others to Comfort You
When the death of a loved one occurs, you may wish to distance yourself from others. But this is not what we recommend.
If your friends and family reach out to you, make sure you respond to their calls. While you may wish to be alone, the comfort of friends and family makes you appreciate your support system.
We encourage you to share memories of your loved one with your friends and family. Talking about the best memories with them will cheer you up and can lighten up the mood. When you lose one person, surround yourself with many others.
Use this time to learn about yourself. Have you been able to deal with grief well? Can you help others deal with their grief? If you ever consider opening a hospice business, comforting others is an important skill to have.
Take Care of Yourself
Dealing with the imminent death of a loved one will never be easy. But if you follow these simple steps, you will find it easier to manage your grief and get back on track.
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