How to Comfort a Grieving Parent

June 6th, 2019 by John Wilson

One of the most difficult aspects of getting older is watching the friends and loved ones you have known for most of your life become ill and pass away. This can leave your aging loved one grieving and unsure of how to deal with it all. Senior care services in OKC can help with this process, but there are also things you can do to make this time in their lives easier and give them the validation they need to grieve.

Be Patient

Depending on how close your loved one was to the individual who passed, it may take some time before they are willing or able to socialize with others. While internalizing grief can have some serious consequences, there’s nothing that says an individual has to spend time with others while they are in the initial stages of grief. Give your loved one the time they need, but be there when they’re ready to reach out.

Listen to Them

Everyone grieves in their own ways. Some people want to talk about the time they spent with the person in question. Others want to talk about what happened and how they’re feeling. Still, others would rather not talk about it at all and would much prefer to have conversations about other topics to keep their minds off of it. Visit those in Oklahoma assisted living services and let them talk about whatever they’re comfortable with at the time. Never push them to talk about anything they’re not ready for.

Emotional support is essential for those in assisted living services.

Those in assisted living services may need emotional support.

Just Be There

You don’t even have to talk when you visit your loved one who is taking advantage of senior care. Just make sure you are available to your loved one when they need it. This doesn’t necessarily mean dropping everything to go see them in person. You can be there by answering the phone when they call or potentially even holding a video call with them so they can see you, as long as they know you are there when they need you.

Offer to Handle Physical Tasks

While your aging loved one is grieving, they may not feel like doing some of the normal tasks like grocery shopping, doing housework or preparing meals. Offer to pitch in with these essential tasks as your way of showing support and helping them get through this difficult time. Remember, they may not have the foresight or the courage to ask for help so don’t be afraid to offer it without prompting. If they turn you down, don’t take it to heart.

Watch for Signs of Depression

There’s often a fine line between depression and the normal signs of grieving. It’s important to watch carefully for the dangerous signs of depression so you can get your loved one the help they need if necessary. Some of the signs to watch for include excessive anger, withdrawing, hallucinations, an extreme focus on death, inability to enjoy activities, alcohol or drug use and others.

If you’re looking for senior care for your aging loved one, contact us. We can provide the support they need as they navigate these often difficult senior years.

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