YOUR OWN RESPONSE TO THIS END OF LIFE RESTLESSNESS
Unexpected behaviors and words can have an effect on you as the caregiver. It is important to realize that dying people are in the process of ‘letting go.’ They are affected by the body shutting down and manifestations of this vary from person to person. They are not in control when in an agitated/restless state – things you may hear your loved one say should be viewed in that context. Disjointed phrases, confused sentences, angry outbursts, use of language the person would not otherwise ever use is often an integral part of this terminal restlessness. Don’t take it personal – take it as part of the process. Again, your Smoky Mountain Hospice Nurse will work to bring calm and rest to your loved one…and to you too. Feel free to share your feelings, fears and sadness with members of our team. We are here to journey with you during this difficult time.