Join or Renew and Choose Your Gift
- Offer ends Dec. 17
- Discounts on travel and everyday savings
- Subscription to AARP The Magazine
- Free membership for your spouse or partner
Advancements in modern medicine have changed the process of dying, and as a result the way in which people grieve the loss of a loved one, has changed too. Co-authors Dr. Joseph Nowinski and Dr. Barbara Okun have explained what families can expect throughout this process in their book, Saying Goodbye: How Families Can Find Renewal through Loss.
See also: Beginning the End-of-Life Conversation.
During our conversation with Drs. Nowinski and Okun they explain that communication is key when a loved one becomes terminally ill. This communication is especially important when the terminal patient is a parent. "It's incredibly important to include a dying parent in decisions with doctors as this can ease the transition from child to caretaker," said Dr. Okun. It may also prompt other important conversations by giving them a say in how their possessions and money are taken care of when they are gone. Most importantly, giving the patient the final say in how they want to say goodbye can start the grieving process best for those who are saying goodbye.
You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”Manage Alerts
From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.
Members save on Fruit Bouquets by 1-800flowers.com.
Members save 10% every day when dining at McCormick and Schmick's.
Members save on bundled purchase of popcorn and soda at Regal Entertainment Group.
Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change. Join Today