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should a spouse with alzheimer's attend the funeral of spouse?

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Dr. Austina Cho
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Thanks for asking!: A spouse with alzheimer's disease should be able to attend the funeral of his or her spouse, unless there is concern for the safety of the living spouse or others due to extremely agitated, combative behavior. Other relatives & loved ones can help the surviving spouse feel supported & comfortable w/ the surroundings.
Dr. Benjamin Lessig
Geriatrics 25 years experience
Good question: Depends on the severity of dementia and the level of cooperation/coordination within family member or companion. I would not allow for this person to attend funeral service from early afternoon to end of the day due to sun downing effect as well as way too overstimulation due to environmental change and the number of guests.

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