No matter our faith, we seek to understand what our life has meant and what lies beyond. For many people, the end of life is a time of looking back over the life that has been lived. The focus shifts away from the busy outside world to the inner world of heart and soul.
Remembering the good, celebrating love given and received, and finding some purpose for all that has happened is part of the process. Working through the disappointments, failures and hurts that were part of the journey is important work. Seeking and offering forgiveness and love become basic tasks in finding spiritual comfort and peace.
- Be present. Listen.
- Watch for signs of struggle and for signs of peace.
- Talk about those things that matter.
- Take a walk down memory lane.
- Offer or arrange any meaningful religious or spiritual rituals.
- Play music or read aloud scripture or inspiring works.
- Create a soothing environment.
- Contact your local congregation, spiritual leader or Arbor Hospice chaplain.