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Tips For Helping Your Dying Family Member Deal With Anger

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If you have a family member that has been informed that they are dying, you may notice that at one point they seem to be angry at everyone and everything. As they go through the anger phase of the stages of grief, you can help them deal with this strong emotion using some of the tips below.

Allow Your Family Member To Vent Without Interference  

One of the best ways to help your family member deal with their anger is to allow them to vent. When they are expressing their disgust at the world in general, you do not have to say anything. Actually, it is sometimes best if you do not. You do not want to unintentionally come across as being judgmental in any way.

Also, while they are expressing their thoughts and feelings, do not take anything they may say personally. Even if they start to direct their anger toward you at one point, they more than likely do not mean it. Because their impending death seems intangible, they may lash out at you or anyone else that is around.

Take Your Loved One To A Batting Cage

If your loved one is still able to move about fairly easily, take them to a batting cage. The act of hitting the balls with a bat can give them a physical release of their anger. Encourage them to visualize the objects of their anger in the balls as they strike them. This can give them an outlet and relieve some of the tension and stress caused by carrying around their emotions.

Give Them Foam Balls When They Want To Express Their Anger

Sometimes, your loved one may feel so mad that they just want to throw something. You can help them with this by giving them cheap foam balls to toss around when their emotions become too much to handle.

Foam balls are light enough that they can be thrown very far and hard. Because of this characteristic, they can give your family member a form of anger release without having to worry about breaking any objects or hurting anyone accidentally.  

Most of all, just being there for your loved one can help them cope with their anger. If you need more help with this behavior or the behavior during the other stages, you may want to discuss your concerns with a service that provides hospice or end of life care.

If you have more questions or need help as your loved one deals with their ending life, try contacting a company like Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care/ Akers Media for help.