Being able to come to terms that a loved one is dying is one of the most difficult things you and your family will ever have to do. It is an extremely trying time for all involved, the person who is ill doesn’t want to cause such pain, and many family members cannot picture life without their loved one in it.

However, there comes a time when you must accept the inevitable. It’s what your loved one needs to pass away in peace and with dignity. Doing so will help all involved in the situation. Spend these last moments with your loved one not in fear and despair, but with joy and love.

  • Hold their hand and quietly reassure the person that you love them
  • Don’t be afraid to make some light jokes and engage in conversation
  • Assure them that you will be okay once they are gone
  • Recognize that you did your best and nothing is your fault

Lastly, remember that every person is different, and everyone will grieve differently afterwards and for a different amount of time. However long it takes you to grieve, and however you cope with the pain is up to you. There is no “correct” way to mourn the death of a loved one.