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Community Care Hospice

1669 Rombach Ave.
Wilmington, OH 45177
Phone: 937.382.5400
Fax: 937.383.3898

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Hospice of Central Ohio

Newark

2269 Cherry Valley Rd.
Newark, OH 43055
740.788.1400

Inpatient Care Center

1320 West Main St.
Newark, OH 43055
740.344.0379

Hospice of Central Ohio at
The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center

410 W 10th Ave - 7th Floor
Columbus, OH 43210
614.685.0001

Ohio's Community Mercy Hospice

Mitchell-Thomas Center
100 W. McCreight Ave., Ste. 400
Springfield, OH 45504
Phone: 937.390.9665

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

5940 Long Meadow Dr.,
Middletown, OH 45005
513.422.0300

Ohio's Hospice of Dayton

324 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45420
937.256.4490
1.800.653.4490

Ohio's Hospice of Fayette County

222 N. Oakland Ave.,
Washington Court House, OH 43160
740.335.0149

Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

56 South Oak Street
P.O. Box 445
London, Ohio, 43140

Ohio's Hospice LifeCare

1900 Akron Rd.,
Wooster, OH 44691
330.264.4899

Ohio's Hospice of Miami County

550 Summit Ave., Ste. 101,
Troy, OH 45373
937.335.5191

12 Tips On How To Help A Surviving Parent (and Yourself) Through Grief

12 Tips on How to Help a Surviving Parent (and Yourself) Through Grief

By Bonnie Orlins, MSW, LISW-S, ACHP-SW

Give the gift of patience and understanding. Listen to your parent and encourage conversation about your deceased parent. It is healthy to express and share feelings and memories. It is helpful to keep in mind that grievers are more likely to be short-tempered and may be less able to handle minor issues calmly.

  1. Evaluate your parent’s living situation for safety and appropriateness.
  2. Encourage your surviving parent to take care of him or herself. Take care of yourself as well. Encourage rest, exercise if allowable, and healthy meals. If cooking is a problem, investigate home delivered meals.
  3. Stay in frequent contact with your surviving parent. If you have willing siblings or family members, you may want to consider a phone or visit chain to assure frequent calls or visits.
  4. Encourage compliance with medical appointments. Assure that physicians are aware of your parent’s and your own bereavement. Grief is stressful. The immune system can be impaired. Alert staff of your parent’s living facility about any concerns.
  5. Remember and acknowledge important dates and anniversaries. Birthdays, holidays, and anniversaries can often cause grief relapses. Think about having dinner with your parent on an anniversary, but be respectful if your parent declines.
  6. Offer to help your parent sort through the deceased parent’s possessions.
  7. Validate your surviving parent’s continued purpose in the family.
  8. Encourage activities such as volunteer work, which can enhance a sense of purpose.
  9. Investigate a support group for people who have lost a spouse. If you are inclined, investigate a support group for yourself for people who have lost a parent.
  10. If a religious community has been an important part of your parent’s life, encourage continued participation. Investigate transportation options if this is a concern. Sometimes church members are willing to help transport other members.
  11. Direct your parent and yourself to professional counseling if symptoms do not improve.

The grief journey is a long one but with proper care and work, individuals can effectively work through grief.

For additional information and support for grief concerns, please contact your local Ohio’s Hospice affiliate.

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