Understanding grief

This information helps you understand more about grief when someone close to you has died from cancer. Coping with grief doesn’t mean getting over the person’s death. It’s about finding ways to live with the loss.

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Questions for your doctors

  • How do I know if what I’m feeling is a typical reaction?
  • How can I cope with grief? How long does it last?
  • When should I think about getting professional support?
  • Where can I get help for how I am feeling?
  • How can I support my children who are grieving?
  • People keep pressuring me to move on. Do I have to?
  • I’m having trouble sleeping. Can you help with that?
  • How can I find a professional counsellor or psychologist?
  • How can I connect with other people who are grieving? Should I join a bereavement support group?
  • Are there any complementary therapies you think might help me?

Questions for your psychologist, counsellor or other mental health professional

  • What type of therapy do you recommend?
  • How long will the therapy last?
  • What will the session cost? Can the cost be reduced if I can’t afford it?
  • Who can I call after hours if I need immediate emotional support?
  • Should I consider medicines to support my emotional health?
  • Can you recommend any books I can read on grief and loss?
  • Are there any apps, podcasts or online programs that might be helpful?

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