Caring for ourselves and others after a loss can be challenging. At HealthInsight, our work is focused in several arenas aimed at making sure our health and wellness doesn't fall by the wayside, even in times of loss and grief. HealthInsight, through various projects, is working on improving end of life care; depression and behavioral health screenings, and annual wellness visits in older adults; improving the lives of those with diabetes and other chronic illnesses through self-management classes; and improving care in nursing homes and home health agencies to make sure patients are getting the best care possible right up until the very end.
In previous blogs, I have written about my family's journey through end of life issues and my thoughts on how the health care system and providers can positively impact a family's journey. Death and loss hit all of us at various stages of life and in the end we all deal with these challenges in a different manner. The one commonality is, most likely, the impact the loss can have on our physical and mental health.
One year ago today as I write this blog, I received the call, at 8 p.m., we all dread and fear when a family member or loved one is near death. Mom had died in her sleep after a 7-year battle with Alzheimer's. The flood of emotions for me was significant from grief, denial and fear, all the way to relief that mom is no longer suffering and can now be in peace.