Chapter 1: Exploring feelings while living with a serious diagnosis
What may help with grief
The following are some ideas for what may help with grief related to learning about a diagnosis.
Talking with a trusted friend, family member, or professional grief counsellor can help.
It can be helpful to find ways to feel some control over what is occurring. This might include staying organized with medications and routine or creating a schedule for outings, knowing that this might change based on how the person is feeling.
Consider this: “How do I want to use my energy?” Some things may not be worth the physical or emotional effort. You may want to save your energy for things that really matter to you.
Sometimes we continue placing demands on ourselves to keep going as if nothing has changed. Acknowledging and accepting the changes may help.
Adjusting as a family requires open communication. Family members may have to be flexible in adapting to new roles. In addition, it’s important to accept differences in the way individual family members respond to the situation. Everyone grieves differently.