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Talking To Grandchildren About End Of Life Care

Sep 29, 2017 by Garrett Hafler

When a senior receives end of life care, he or she may already be worried and afraid to talk about it. Often, the grandparents do not want to let their grandchildren know because they do not want to upset them. It can be extremely difficult for a senior to come to terms with their diagnosis and you do not want to push them or force them to talk about it until they are ready. The senior will often look to you to be their support. It is no surprise that your loved one may want to keep their end of life care a secret as long as possible. You should make sure your parent or grandparent knows you are there for them.

It can be difficult for grandchildren to understand what is going on and what end of life care is. You should always approach the conversation in a respectful and compassionate manner to ensure everything feels comfortable and knows that they can express their feelings with one another. Below, you will find some tips about what to expect and what to do when you choose to have the conversation:

  • Do not lie to anyone and be honest the entire time
  • Do not patronize anyone
  • Do let your children grieve in their own way
  • Do not pressure anyone to feel specific feelings
  • Do answer any questions that may arise from your children
  • Allow your children to spend time with their grandparent
  • Involve your loved on in the conversation at all times

End of life care is not easy for everyone and it can cause a lot of emotions to arise. If you need help learning how to talk about this type of care or your loved one’s situation, speak with the care providers at Comfort Keepers now. 


Comfort Keepers of Rochester, NY is proud to provide end of life care services directly in the homes of seniors throughout the following communities:

Adams Basin, Brighton, Brockport, Churchville, Gates, Greece, Henrietta, Hilton, Irondequoit, North Gates, North Greece, Ogden, Ridgemont, Rochester, Scottsville, Spencerport, West Henrietta, Westgate, and more

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