When a death is expected, there are a couple of considerations for immediate and future care:
- Is medical care needed for the individual?
- If so, alternatives include general hospital palliative care units; auxiliary hospitals; provincial and private nursing homes; hospices; or in-home nursing care.
This time can be used to plan or make funeral arrangements. Sometimes, this is difficult for the person involved, so a family member may be asked to make arrangements once death has occurred. If possible, try to discuss preferences beforehand.
Discuss the location of originals for all important business and personal documents, and make a list (and photocopies) so they are easily accessible when they are needed.
When caring for a dying person, make sure you take care of yourself and/or your family’s emotional needs.
- Share your experiences with other family members or close friends
- Allow friends to help with small tasks, or by giving you time off
- If you belong to a church or synagogue, talk to the clergy for spiritual support
- Don’t try to get through this time alone – even a little support can help
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