Many times, when loved ones are aging, ill, or in the hospital, you will see death coming. Funeral homes in Baltimore, MD suggest that you be with your loved one as much as possible to say those final goodbyes and get as many moments in as possible. However, in today’s strange world, that’s not possible. With the rapid spread of the coronavirus, people are mandated to be apart—especially when one of those people is ill in the first place.
People in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, hospitals, and other dangerous stations in life are isolated from their loved ones, only allowed to see staff members under certain conditions. It’s hard enough to know a loved one is taking a downward turn, but not being able to be by their side makes everything that much harder.
In these times, you have to get creative to be there for your loved one however you can. Here are a few ideas:
Even if your loved one sleeps most of the time, you can set up a phone call through a staff member. They can hear your voice, even if they can’t talk back, and feel your presence with them. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than nothing and you’re doing the best under the circumstances that you can.
Through the staff members, set your loved one up with facetime, skype, zoom, or some other virtual call so you can see them, talk to them, and have a face to face conversation. They know you are as close as you can be, and those visits can help them to pass the long hours.
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While you may not be able to go in and visit your loved one, if they are on the ground floor, you can stand outside their window, wave, and maybe even talk a little. Bring a whiteboard and tell them how much you love them and how much you care. You can also pick up the phone and talk that way while you look at one another. It might be fun to decorate their windows outside for a surprise so they can see it the next day.
Even if your loved one doesn’t have access to email, the staff does. You can send them notes and letters that the staff can print out and take to them, which is probably safer than sending something through the mail.
These are just a few ideas to help you get through this hard time while supporting a loved one through some of their final moments. When you need further support with final services, funeral homes in Baltimore, MD are here for you. We understand as much as anyone how difficult these times are. Call Hari P. Close Funeral Service, P.A. and we will treat you with the utmost compassion throughout your situation. Once your loved one is in our hands, they will get nothing but dignity and respect.