How to deal with the loss of loved ones

by the Editor, SeniorInsider | Jun 02, 2011

If you are trying to cope with the loss of a loved one, this is clearly one of the issues for the elderly that is most difficult to deal with.  Those who have experienced a loss in their lives will be full of emotions, including shock and anger.   It is important to recognize that these thoughts and feelings are normal and to give yourself some time to grieve. 

Issues for the Elderly Include Maintaining Your Own Health

Remember that you don’t want to jeopardize your own health by becoming depressed or reclusive.   It is very easy for seniors to go inwards and stop talking to friends and relatives.  Oftentimes, this sort of behavior is due to depression, which is one of the most common issues for the elderly.  Don’t let yourself spend too much time alone.  Instead, be sure to take advantage of help and assistance from friends and loved ones.  Simply spending time talking with others will help to boost your spirits.  If you start finding that you are depressed, be sure to seek out help immediately.

Issues for the Elderly include the Loss of a Spouse

Clearly, as people get older, at a certain point they will have to deal with the loss of a spouse.  This can be one of the most difficult types of loss to encounter.  After all, you have likely spent many years living closely with this person and he or she is a big part of your life… to say the least.
Oftentimes, the loss of a spouse also comes along with seeing that person decline mentally and physically over the years.  Seeing someone gradually fall apart can be extremely traumatizing. 

Getting Back on Your Feet

Again, be sure that you take care of yourself and get ample exercise and good nutrition.  Don’t resist taking friends and family up on the offer of assistance.  Eventually, once you feel more like yourself, you likely will begin to feel ready to meet older singles and perhaps even find love once again.

Issues for the Elderly: The Loss of a Friendship

People form many close friendships over the course of their lives.  That means that when they get older, their friends will be growing older as well.  Inevitably, this can lead to issues for the elderly, as some of their friends will pass away due to disease or age-related issues.  In fact, many people mention seeing friends pass away as one of the main drawbacks to senior living situations.   If you have had a close friend pass away, it can greatly impact your life, especially if this was someone who you spent a great deal of time with.  Give yourself a chance to spend time with other friends and reminisce about the person who you are missing.

Issues for the Elderly: Death of a Pet

It is not only the death of a person that can result in issues for the elderly.  Often losing a pet can be just as hard, if not harder.   A pet has always been around for his or her owner and provides years of close companionship and unbridled love.  Plus, having a pet around one’s home provides a calming force and a constant source of positive energy.  In fact, pets are so important to our emotional wellbeing that many people take part in pet therapy for just that reason.

It is important to remember that there is no set period of time that is appropriate for any type of grieving.  Those who have suffered a loss can feel free to take as long as they need.  You can feel free to cry and show emotional vulnerability during this time.  It is not necessary to always show a “brave face.’  



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