Supporting Seniors Who Are Grieving The Loss Of A Spouse
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Supporting Seniors Who Are Grieving The Loss Of A Spouse

Many seniors have gone through the unfortunate experience of losing a spouse. In fact, according to U.S. census figures it is estimated that about 40% of women and 13% of men who are 65 years or older have lost a spouse. Often times, the living spouse has spent a good majority of their lives with their now deceased spouse, and they may be unsure of how to feel, cope, and move on with their own life after they have lost their significant other. It is very important for caregivers to recognize the needs of seniors coping with the grief of losing a spouse and provide support to help them through the coping process.

Understanding The Grieving Process

The first step to supporting someone who is grieving the loss of a spouse is understanding the grieving process and recognizing the stage of the process they are in. Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross is known for defining the stages of grief experienced by people: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. While many people will fall into each stage of the grieving process at some point during their grief, they don’t necessarily follow this specific order, and not everyone will experience every stage of grief as they cope. The process of coping with grief varies from one person to the next, and it is important to understand what the grieving process looks like for the person you are providing support to so you can identify the type of support that is best for them.

Avoiding Isolation

It is very common for the living spouse to feel alone and unsure of how to move on with their own life after losing their spouse. Many widowed seniors will begin to unintentionally isolate themselves after their spouse has passed away. Senior living communities provide excellent opportunities for seniors to become active in the community and socialize with like-minded peers who have experienced similar loss. This makes it easier for seniors to make connections with people they share common interests with and whose company they enjoy. When coping with the loss of a loved one it is especially helpful to make friends who are good listeners and will help when needed.

Caring For The Living Spouse

It is also important for the living spouse to take good care of themselves while they are going through the grieving process. You can practice self-care by eating well, exercising and staying active, and getting the right amount of sleep each night. Mease Manor retirement community offers restaurant style dining options and a wellness center focused on providing care for the senior’s whole-self. We also offer access to additional health care needs, such as speaking with a therapist to help you through the grieving process.

Mease Manor Supports Residents Who Are Grieving And Help Provide Seniors The Best Quality Of Life

After losing a spouse, seniors need caring support and a community they can thrive in. Mease Manor is proud to provide the best quality senior living options within our community! We have a variety of senior living options available ranging from independent living to assisted living. At Mease Manor, seniors get all the benefits of an assisted living community while still being able to maintain their own independence. Contact us online or call us at 727-738-3000 to schedule an appointment for your personal tour of our community. We look forward to showing you everything we offer!