Granddaughter asks how to help hospitalized grandmother
I just want to know how I can help her manage the pain, and perhaps her blood pressure. Since she feels confused at why she is still here, is there any guided imagery that will help her to coax out the unfinished business of her purpose in life, so that she may be in peace? She doesn''t deserve to suffer this much.
Good grief, what a terrible way to be treated in a hospital!! They DROPPED her?
It’s true that even with excellent quality of care, a lot of elderly patients get confused and disoriented in the hospital (who wouldn''t?) and wake up very frightened from all the weird noises and interruptions. One head nurse friend of mine at University Hospitals, Carole Phipps, wanted to have guided imagery playing during the night in each bed, so that when her elderly patients woke up, they would hear the voice and music and drop back to sleep, reassured and comforted. (Now, that''s assuming they LIKE the imagery.... if they hated it, this could constitute a new form of torture!)
I would use the Healthful Sleep imagery, which is very comforting and supportive, and the Relaxation and Wellness imagery as well. If she wants help with finishing up unresolved issues and relationships, or is just looking for a gentle, permissive feeling that it is OK to die, then the Peaceful Dying imagery is just the thing.
She may find comfort in something as simple as a nice foot massage or back rub. Or, if you know anyone who practices Reiki or Therapeutic Touch, these techniques are very soothing, help with pain and don’t even require actual contact.
Good luck and I hope she is only getting caring, competent staff from here on out! (It''s good she has you to look out for her!)
Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award
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