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Spirituality
Individuals vary greatly in their spiritual and/or religious beliefs and needs. The use of rituals, religious rites or sacraments may provide comfort. If you or your loved ones have any cultural or religious needs or customs related to death and dying, please let the team know, they can assist you in accessing spiritual and social support.
Children
Children can sense when adults are sad or worried, even if you try to hide it. Children understand and cope with dying and death differently, depending on their age. For some children, what they imagine in their minds may be worse than what is real. Speak with the team for assistance in supporting children and access to available resources.
Being Present and Connected
A calming effect may be achieved by sitting quietly at the bedside, playing soothing music, reading something comforting and holding their hand.
It’s natural to be concerned about the right things to say or do. Unless the person asks to be left alone, just being there may be the right thing to do.
Allow your loved one to express fears and concerns about dying. Be prepared to listen; you are not expected to have all the answers.
It can be a comfort to your loved one to hear your voice, and the voices of the special people in their life.
Don’t isolate your loved one about life. Talk to them about what is going on with family members and other points of interest for them.
Reminisce about your loved one’s life. Remember things you laughed about. Don’t be afraid to talk with your loved one about memories.
Allow opportunities for some one-on-one time if there are multiple visitors. If the number of visitors is becoming too much for your loved one, speak to the care team about visitor restrictions and time limits.
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