While a loved one is experiencing the end of life’s journey, many family members and friends begin the grieving process. Although it is painful, grief is a normal and natural consequence of our human ability to love and live fully. Painful emotions such as sadness, anxiety, anger and even relief are fairly common. However, grief is more than an emotional experience – it can affect our bodies with physical complaints and fatigue. Complaints about memory and concentration are not uncommon. As with many things in life, there is no one “right” way to grieve. Everyone faces loss and grieves in his or her own way.
As time with a loved one becomes increasingly short, many of us struggle with what to say. In his book, “The Four Things That Matter Most” Ira Byock, M.D., writes about the importance of telling those we love how much they mean to us and how using honest, heartfelt words can bring peace of mind. He recommends using these phrases when letting someone know they are loved and will be missed.
Please forgive me.
I forgive you.
I love you.
Pathways of HopeSM can offer grief support services that are open to the friends and family members of all Community Care Hospice patients, as well as to the community. Services are free of charge, thanks to support from the communities we serve.
Contact us at 937.382.5400.