This booklet, from the National Institute on Aging provides an overview of issues commonly facing people caring for someone nearing the end of life. It can help you to work with health care providers to complement their medical and caregiving efforts.
Big issues confront us when we think about our own death or that of someone we love. You can let things unfold as they may, and for some of us that's exactly right. For others, it is good to plan. This fact sheet from the Family Caregiver Alliance outlines areas you need to think about and resources that can help, whether you are caring for someone who is already incapacitated or making decisions for yourself.
When your spouse dies, your world changes. You may feel numb, shocked and fearful. You may feel guilty for being the one who is still alive. At some point, you may even feel angry at your spouse for leaving you. As this article from the National Institute on Aging points out, there is no right or wrong way to mourn.
It’s never easy to console someone whose spouse has died, but it can be especially challenging when the deceased is your parent. The American Hospice Foundation offers helpful advice on how you can comfort your surviving parent while dealing with your own loss.
The National Care Planning Council is one of the most comprehensive resource for eldercare, senior services and care planning, publishing articles, books and guides to help you learn how to meet your needs.
The final months and days of life are frequently marked by strong emotions and hard decisions. The resources on this website will help family members cope with challenges and opportunities in providing comfort and meaning to others.