The Natural Way to Say Goodbye

By: David Tindall
Monday, December 19, 2016

Death comes only once, and therefore, knowing how to say goodbye can be a difficult situation. Here at Tindall Funeral Home more often than not here relatives lament about how they would have approached the last hours of the deceased. Below are some of the lessons we’d like to share with you on when death occurs.

 

Don’t Wait for the Final Hour

Waiting for the last minute is probably the biggest mistake we as relatives of the deceased make. More often than not, we want to know the last hours in order to begin preparations of how to say goodbye. This is what the author of Final Journeys: A Practical Guide for Bringing Care and Comfort at the End of Life has to say, “Dying people have the uncanny ability to choose the moment of death, and it's not uncommon for them to spare those they love the most or feel protective of by waiting until those people leave the room.”

Instead of spending more time convincing the patient that they is not suffering alone, share these last moments telling them how important they are to you. Tell them that you are sorry for what you did at some point in life, tell them that you love them, tell them thank you for being in your life.

 

My point is, it is virtually impossible to know the exact time when death occurs, therefore, don’t wait until the ‘supposed final hour’ to tell them what they really mean to you.

 

Speaking, Without Uttering a Single Word

The hardest thing in this world has to say goodbye to a loved one, but did you know that you do not have to say it, at all. It is more important that you spend the last moments with a loved one before death occurs – just being there is enough to offer a dying person peace at heart.

As the saying goes, ‘actions speak louder than words.’ A simple kiss on the forehead, holding their hand, offering a smile – all these are beautiful ways of saying goodbye without having to utter cliché/rehearsed statements, which come not from the heart.  

 

Don’t Stop Talking

While sitting next to their deathbed, don’t stop talking. Maintain a conversation even if you are not getting a response from the loved one. For instance, if a loved one is in a coma, just keep talking. The chances are that they are listening to you, even though they are not responsive.

Research has shown that hearing is usually the last sense to leave when death occurs, so don’t stop talking until the last second. Let it all out, because when they are gone, you will never get a chance to tell them what was truly in your heart.

 

In conclusion, these are some of the most natural ways of saying goodbye when death occurs. If you have any questions concerning this, and other topics, feel free to contact our funeral service, Tindall Funeral Home.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Personalizing A Funeral With Unique Song Selections

Today, families that plan funerals for a loved one who has passed prefer not to follow traditional practices. They prefer something more casual, which reflects their loved one's likes and dislikes ...

Coping with the Loss of a Pet

Pets are our most loyal companions and losing them can be a big shock to the system. It feels like losing a beloved member of the family, which means grieving is natural. At Tindall Funeral Home, w...

4 Tips for Explaining Death to a Child

Children are smarter than most people assume. They have the ability to understand complex concepts and show a surprising amount of empathy towards others. At Tindall Funeral Home, we know that adul...

How to Plan A Meaningful Memorial Service

Traditional funerals with their straightforward structures and age-old ceremonies offer a great deal of comfort to grieving individuals, especially if they are spiritual or religious. However, some...

Top Tips on Staying Safe in Public During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 issue has become a global problem, and it poses a significant threat to people's health and lives as well. This contagious disease can be disastrous if the person isn't treated on...

Grief Amid The Pandemic: How To Show Love And Support Through Social Distancing

A global pandemic is a very stressful situation, especially for people dealing with mental health issues or grief. They need direct support and compassion, which can be difficult to provide when yo...

5 Advantages Of Urn Vaults

If a loved one has passed and you are considering cremation, you'd have to determine whether you will be burying the ashes or keeping them somewhere else. Regardless of what you plan to do, you may...

Lost a Pet? How to Help Your Other Pets Grieve

Losing a pet is difficult for the entire family, including other pets. Unfortunately, many pet owners aren’t aware that their other furry companions also experience a sense of loss and need special...

Ways To Celebrate The Birthday Of A Loved One Who Has Passed

If a family member has passed away, dealing with grief isn’t easy. Many people find that they are unable to come to terms with their loss for a very long time. This sorrow becomes all the more chal...

What Can A Funeral Director Assist Me With?

Funeral directors are there to support you before, during, and after service. They take up many responsibilities during a funeral process, often customizing their services based on their client's r...