When a Chronic Senior Health Condition Leads to Anticipatory Grief

When a Chronic Senior Health Condition Leads to Anticipatory Grief

Grieving the loss of a loved one is one of the most painful aspects of human life, particularly when that loss is sudden and unexpected. But there are additional shades of grief that are less often discussed and worked through, such as when a loved one begins to progress through dementia, when a terminal illness is diagnosed, or any other chronic senior health concern is brought to light.

Referred to as “frozen grief” by Pauline Boss, a family therapist, author, and University of Minnesota emeritus professor, these types of loss are complicated, leaving loved ones in a state of limbo. It’s important to remember that each person’s experience of loss is different, and there’s no one right or wrong way to grieve. The following tips can help:

  • Never push yourself to “move on.” Take the time needed to process your feelings, and seek the support of a professional counselor.
  • Set aside plenty of time for self-care, making sure to eat healthy, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and participate in enjoyable, relaxing activities.
  • Allow friends and family members to help in whatever way is needed most: house or yard work, running errands, preparing meals, etc. 

Amy’s Helping Hands, award-winning providers of in-home care in Windsor, Ontario and surrounding areas, is also on hand to assist in a variety of ways with professional, personalized in-home care for seniors, allowing family caregivers much-needed time away to ensure their own needs are met while having the peace of mind in knowing their loved one is well cared for. Just some of the many ways we can help, according to each person’s unique circumstances, include:

Our holistic approach to care also includes all of the following services at no additional charge:

  • Regular care management visits for oversight of care
  • On-call support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • Mediation and advocacy for the best possible care outcomes
  • Referrals and access to additional resources
  • Follow-up with health care professionals, family members, and, if applicable, facility staff
  • And more

Contact us any time at 519-915-4370 to request an in-home assessment and let us walk beside you to ease the stress and challenge of caring for a senior you love.