Saying Good-Bye and Moving Forward

Part 4: Moving Forward

You now need to take care of yourself. Give yourself time to grieve. You have likely been grieving since the start of the disease and have experienced losses throughout. Be kind and patient with yourself. You may not be able to return to your previous routines quickly or feel as energized as before. Grief can affect all areas of your life—physical, social, emotional, psychological and spiritual.

For some people, much of the grief is experienced before the death.  The death itself brings a sense of closure and healing has already begun.  For others, the process of grief may take longer.  For everyone, healing can take many forms as life gradually returns to normal.  (Extracted from:  A Caregiver's Guide: A Handbook About End-of-Life Care)

As you have time to reflect, think about your sources of comfort and pleasure.  Download and print a copy of the activity sheet below.  Reflect on and answer the questions:

  • What gives you purpose and meaning in your life?  (What motivates you to get up in the morning?)
  • What are the things that have given you the most fulfillment in the past?
  • Who are the key people in your life?

My Sources of Comfort and Pleasure

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My "Bucket List"

You may want to live life to the fullest to make up for the fact that the person you are caring for will not have the opportunity. Now is the time to turn those "someday I will thoughts" into achieved unforgettable experiences!

Download and print a copy of the "Bucket List" activity sheet below. List at least 10 things you plan to do in the future when your caregiving journey is over.

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To continue your learning experience, move ahead to Session 17 where you'll learn about the arrangements that need to be completed after death occurs. You will also explore the duties of an Executor of an estate and the probate process.