Withdrawal From Family and Friends
In the last months, weeks and days of life, it is common to begin to focus more inwardly. It is common to begin sleeping more, talking less and losing interest in things that had previously been enjoyed. For example, the person may not want to watch a favorite television show, visit with a neighbor or take care of a pet. This withdrawal usually begins with the busy outside world first. As time passes, they may not feel like talking to friends or relatives, even those people who are dearly loved. Energy becomes focused on the inner work of the mind, heart and spirit.
- Let the person who is ill set their pace for being around others or participating in activities.
- Say what needs to be said.
- Consider how and when to say good-bye.
- Help friends and family understand what is happening as a natural part of letting go and not a personal rejection.
- Share your feelings with those closest to you.