How to Prepare Yourself To Visit a Loved One In Hospital - The Smiling Heart

How to Prepare Yourself To Visit a Loved One In Hospital

Heading into a hospital can be a scary enough experience for anyone, even if you do not have anything wrong with you. In fact, heading in to hospital to visit someone that you care about can indeed be a harrowing experience for many and it is important that you get properly prepared before you make the journey.

The first time I did this was 2 years ago when I went to visit my Mum in the hospital, I had prepared properly beforehand and it was not a pleasurable experience by any stretch of the imagination. At that time my Mum was chatting to her colleague from Slater and Gordon solicitors who helped to put my mind at ease. If you want to avoid the mistake that I made, here is how you can mentally prepare yourself for visiting someone you love in hospital.


The first thing that you need to remember is that when you see your loved one sitting in a hospital bed, for whatever has happened to them, they will look a great deal different from what you are used to. This could be as a result of tiredness, perhaps they won’t have their hair done and make up on, or it could also be as the result of tubes and machines that they are connected to. Don’t expect to see the person that you are used to seeing.

Sights and Smells

The next thing to bear in mind is that a hospital is for people who are sick, for this reason there will be things that you see, hear or smell that are not exactly enjoyable. When you enter the hospital, try not to look around too much, this is for two reasons, the first is that you should respect the privacy of the other patients and the second is that you may not wish to see what is going on when you do look around.


Not everyone visits a hospital for bad news and it may well be that you are heading in to the hospital to celebrate the birth of a new baby. If you are going in to the hospital for good news, be sure to respect the other patients, there is nothing wrong with being happy but don’t overdo it as there are many people inside the hospital who are not feeling as happy as you, many in fact or feeling the complete opposite.


It can be easy to freak out a little bit once you first see all of the machines and tubes which may be attached to your loved one but it is important that you understand that the nurses and doctors know what they are doing. Make sure that you have confidence in the medical professionals that are working with your family member, partner or friend and don’t question them as you will only make matters worse.

It is important that you know exactly what to expect before heading in to hospital so that you can minimize how traumatic the experience could be.