Supporting Seniors Through the Grieving Process
It's not easy for anyone to lose a loved one.
No matter how old we are, we suffer when we lose someone we love.
some ways, it can be even more difficult for a senior citizen. They
experience loss more often than any other age group, and in some cases
they may already feel isolated after the loss of many friends and family
members of their own age. Seniors have often reported how difficult it
can be to be the only one of their original group of friends or
siblings left, and the loss of another peer can be demoralizing as well
can be even more difficult to deal with the death of a younger person,
perhaps a much loved family member, a child, a niece, a nephew, or a
sometimes the loss of a partner that has been their other half for
decades, can be debilitating as well as devastating. So how can a
caregiver help a senior through this inevitable process?
Caregivers can make a huge difference.
some ways, dealing with grief is the same no matter the age... it's
long been known that people go through a process in coming to accept
the loss of a loved one :
is difficult to grieve alone - priority number one is not to let the
Senior feel abandoned or alone. Home care is vital in this regard.
Check in with your loved one, take them out of the house, attempt to
distract them with activities and family and friends. Be patient and
understanding, realizing that it will take time to come to terms with
sadness and even anger at this loss.
out for signs and symptoms of depression, which can include sadness,
fatigue, loss of interest in things that used to hold their interest,
increased use of alcohol, loss of appetite or unusual sleep
disturbances, ( Older people often become physically ill).
seniors are unlikely to share this kind of information, so be sensitive
and aware and make an extra effort to try to alleviate sadness and
loneliness in seniors who have experienced loss.
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About the Author
Lamourie is the President and Creative Director of Lamourie Public
Relations & Marketing. In that world, she represents clients as
diverse as politicians, entertainment figures, newsmakers, ethical
businesses and not for profit groups whose aims she supports. Tracy
also has a lot of media experience - radio, TV, newspapers and new
media. She’s worked at various times as a television host,
television producer, and radio host. She’s also a human rights and
social justice activist with a long history of work on various
international and local issues Tracy and her work on various social
justice issues have also been featured on television broadcasts as
varied as CBC’s The Fifth Estate, Court TV, A & E, CTV across