This information is designed to help you understand more about your grief when someone close to you has died from cancer. To understand more about the grief you might feel if you have been diagnosed with cancer, please visit Emotions and Cancer.
Coping with grief doesn’t mean getting over the person’s death. It is about finding ways to live with the loss.
Everyone’s experience of grief is unique, so this information is a general guide only. Although it is intended to be helpful, some sections may stir up a range of feelings at this difficult time. You may like to read the parts that seem useful now and leave the rest until you’re ready.
We hope this information will answer some of your questions, and provide you with suggestions as you explore ways to cope with your loss. It also includes a section on how to help someone who is grieving. You can also download a PDF of Cancer Council’s Understanding Grief from this page, or call 13 11 20 for support.
Learn more about:
- What grief is
- The experience of grief
- How long it will last
- How to help someone who is grieving
- Seeking support