Hospice and Grief Management

Unfortunately, most degenerative neurological disorders which cause dementia are ultimately fatal. Hospice providers are trained to help the person with dementia and their caregivers during the end-life-process. Many times a dignified death at home is preferable to dying in a hospital, and hospice can often allow this to occur. Goals of hospice include to minimize discomfort and provide medical, spiritual, and emotional support during this difficult time.

Sometimes caregivers start to grieve loss of companionship even when their loved one is alive. Caregivers often have mixed feelings of relief and grief when their loved ones pass. They often benefit from assistance with their grief throughout the process of slowly losing their loved one to dementia. When caregivers have already seen a counselor earlier in the course of their loved-ones disease, they might return to the same mental health professional for support. They may also benefit from a referral to a grief counselor. Many people turn to family, friends, or religious workers for support. Psychology Today also facilitates contact with mental health experts who are trained in grief counseling


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