The Final Goodbye Mourning at the grave

I think this is the toughest section of the website for me–every time I start to write an article, my eyes fill with tears as I remember spending their last years with my mom and dad.  I read somewhere that you never really get over losing your parents, you just learn to live with the loss.

There isn’t really a way to prepare yourself for the loss. For me, even though I knew my dad was dying for several months, when he actually died I was devastated and lost. I was fortunate to have a grief counselor–provided by Lighthouse Hospice (who cared for my dad those last few months)–to help me through those first difficult weeks. 

In this section, you will find articles that will, I hope, help you through this end of your caregiving journey.

Anticipatory Grief

Author: Anne Bogardus, Founder and former caregiver Losing a parent is never easy, and when you've been a caregiver to them for any length of time, the loss can be even more keenly felt.  Losing a parent suddenly is hard--my mom became ill and died within 48 hours. It...

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When Caregiving Ends—Coping With A Parent’s Death

The loss of a parent is a milestone transition in anyone's life. When my mom died on September 10, 2011 at the age of 88, it was a sudden, heartbreaking loss. I didn't have much time to grieve, though, because my dad, who suffered from dementia and could not survive...

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