At the end of your loved one’s life, you may start to feel that you’ll never forget the memories and stories your loved one has shared with you. But time can dull those tales, so it’s essential to capture what you can for yourself and for other family members.
Record Her Stories Now
If you haven’t already, this is your opportunity to find a way to record your loved one’s stories before it’s too late. You can do this in a variety of ways. There’s the literal option, using either video or audio recorders, or you can do it manually by writing down what your loved one shares with you. The more accurately you can record these stories, the more you can share them with your other family members in your loved one’s memory.
Keep a Journal
You might believe that you’re going to remember every detail of your loved one’s time with you, but the human memory does fade a bit. Keeping a journal is an excellent way for you to preserve the tiniest details of that event. When you go back, it’s like you’re able to relive that scene from your life in a way that you might not have thought possible.
Talk with Other Family Members
Collect stories from other family members as much as you’re able to. You might be surprised how many different family members have collected different stories over the years. Your loved one has likely lived a very full life and having smaller bits of that history to piece together can be a wonderful way to keep her memory alive.
Ask Your Loved One How She Wants to Be Remembered
Many people avoid conversations with their loved one about this type of topic, but if your loved one is open to the discussion, try asking her how she wants to be remembered. This allows you to focus your final tribute, no matter what format it takes, in a way that honors your loved one’s memory and her intentions.
This is a time for you to let end-of-life care providers tend to your loved one’s immediate needs so that you can deal with the emotional aspect of the situation.
If you or an aging loved one are considering end of life care in Easton, PA, please contact the caring staff at Serenity Hospice today. Call (215) 867-5405.
A veteran of providing quality healthcare, Michael has served with distinction in a variety of leadership capacities for nearly two decades, notably as administrator for several Skilled Nursing Facilities in New Jersey. Known as an innovative and solution-oriented individual, Michael has his finger on the pulse on new trends and concepts in providing quality care.
Latest posts by Michael Drew, LNHA (see all)
- Four Ways to Deal with a Dying Senior’s Anger - February 15, 2019
- How Should You Talk to a Family Member Who Is Dying? - February 8, 2019
- When Is Hospice Right for Patients with Kidney Disease? - February 1, 2019