Death, although something that is quite depressing, is very natural. Every person at some point in their lives, some younger than others, will die. Although, this might be a morbid way of looking at death, it is something that is very natural and something we all will face. It might not be ourselves, but one day we will experience loved ones going through the natural stages of death. We know it is coming but how can we deal with this? How can we ensure that our loved ones go in peace and we can grieve properly no matter what the age and how they are facing the end of the life?

Often times, when someone is faced with death they may be put into a nursing home and quite possibly forgotten about by their loved ones. For all parties involved in this situation, it is a very tough call to make. Our loved ones may have been diagnosed with a terminal illness or age may be getting the best

of them. Watching someone’s health deteriorate because of a terminal illness is devastating. However, we must not forget the wonderful life this person has lived. Dying can be a time of celebrating life, although this person may have dementia or an illness like it that changes their behavior completely they are not a changed person. We must remember the person they once were and celebrate the good times and memories that were shared with them. Reaching out to others for support when you know the end for a loved one is near, is always okay and encouraged. Death is not easy, but we must not forget about the ones we love who are standing face to face with it.

Age is a huge factor in death. There are many people who were and are taken at such young ages. As a family dealing with maybe the death of a young mother, husband, or sibling it can be hard to know what the next steps are. However, families must unite and stay stronger together. It is much easier to coping with things together and to talk to others about what they are going through and their feelings than it is to deal with death alone. Also, not dealing or talking about a death and ignoring the fact of a dying loved one is not an ideal way to cope. Expressing our feelings helps us to move on and be at peace with the one we are going to lose or have already lost.

Once we have faced the death of a loved one we can begin to grieve and celebrate their life. Although, this is a time of mixed emotions it can be a time where families come together and support each other. If the loved one we have is dying we should be there for them and support them in whatever they need. Saying goodbye is never easy and it is something that shouldn’t be. When we stick together and we express our emotions help each other through the difficult moments we can looking forward to brighter future and remember the happiest moments with our loved ones.



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