Mourning the loss of a loved one at any age can be an isolating and solitary experience. But for older folks who have spent numerous decades living every day with a spouse or life partner, the process of grieving and beginning a new chapter of life can feel overwhelming.
This weekend, the United States will commemorate Memorial Day. Viewed by many as the unofficial start of summer, families and friends often mark the day with picnics, BBQs, or a trip to the beach. But this patriotic holiday is set aside to honor the men and women who died while serving in the military.
The past year and a half has been a time of unprecedented crisis, changes, and loss. It has also been a time of inspiring acts of service from dedicated healthcare workers, essential workers, and scientists, as well as individuals who reached out to support their community with acts of kindness and volunteers who spent their days and nights scheduling vaccine appointments for our most vulnerable.
Handling your loved one’s affairs after their death is a big responsibility. This catch-all term covers a wide range of personal, financial, and legal details that can be tedious, time-consuming, and stressful, all while you’re grieving the loss of someone you love.
Because strokes vary in type and severity, many wonder whether their loved one qualifies for hospice after stroke. It depends. Understanding more about stroke, or a cerebrovascular accident, helps guide stroke hospice criteria.