My father in law is in the end stages of mestaticized prostrate cancer, and they have just decided to initiate hospice care.
I am flying out to stay with them for a week, and am not sure how I can help, but want to, as I love my in-laws very much. My father in law is a very reserved, private person, and he does not really want to be seen by others right now. He is understandably depressed.
If you have been in this situation before, any ideas for making this time productive, reflective, meaningful, as good for him as possible, would be great.
He is into geneology, and has sent me all of the things he has compiled, so I thought I could read through some of it and ask him to tell me about certain parts, and record it. If he is up for it.
He has always been a little hard to connect with, but has always been very good and decent to me and my family. My MIL and I are very close, and I think supporting her is the main thing for me being out there, but I want to do what I can to comfort him.
I will also be worried about my husband, home with the kids while he is upset and worried as well. We couldn't all go, it is too overwhelming for them right now.