PSYC 114 - Saying Goodbye

PSYC 114 - Saying Goodbye - unfinished business (e.g.,...

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PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT Psychology of Aging Dr. Tina Camagna Saying Goodbye Dying people are very comforted by visits from family and close friends. Sit close; your touch can be powerfully important. Listen and empathize. Allow the person to feel anger, hopelessness, guilt, and/or fear. Encourage pleasant reminiscing. View photographs and personal effects. Discuss happy times, and laugh together! Ask the dying person how you can help him or her to complete any
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Unformatted text preview: unfinished business (e.g., legal, spiritual, emotional) Offer to contact other people. Tell the person what you will miss most about him or her. Bring a smile to the persons face by mentioning one or two special qualities that he or she holds. Take time to thank the person for something they did for you, or something you learned from them. Do not pass up the opportunity to express your love and your sincere goodbye....
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2010 for the course GERO 114 at San Jose State University .

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