BEREAVEMENT, MOURNING, AND ILLNESS

You might be dealing with the loss of a loved one. This could be a parent, brother, sister, friend, or a child. I have had a great deal of personal experience with loss and can help you to accept and process your loss, so that you can eventually let it go. Life and death are inextricably linked, and love, just as life, continues after death. Are any of the statements/questions below applicable to you?

 

DEALING WITH YOUR OWN ILLNESS

  • I am ill. How do I deal with this?
  • My disease is difficult to deal with for those around me.
  • I feel dependent on my environment, how do I make more directing during my illness?
  • How do I learn to accept my illness?
  • How do I deal with my illness when it comes to my family, partner, or work?
  • I have a sick child. How do we as a family adjust to this situation? How do we ensure that the other children are not neglected? How do give enough attention to my other children?
  • How do I deal with my limitations, for example, a permanent injury or disability? 
  • I am a cancer patient or recovered cancer patient. How do I deal with the short-term and long-term consequence of the medication or radiation and how do I process this?
  • How do I adjust my work and private life to the effects of the medication? 

THE ILLNESS OF A LOVED ONE
(parent, child, partner)

  • I am an informal caregiver. How do I care for my father or mother while also taking care of my own family? How can I adapt my family situation to make this work?
  • How do I remember to care for myself as an informal caregiver? How do I safeguard my boundaries?
  • My colleagues find it difficult to accept that I am away from work so often to care for my sick loved one. How do I handle this situation?
  • I am caring for a terminally ill loved one. How do I process my emotions?

DEATH

 

  • I have lost a loved one (parent, child, or partner). How do I process this loss?
  • I struggle to let go of my loved one who has passed away.
  • I have difficulty sleeping, I worry a lot, and the loneliness and sense of loss are a heavy burden. How do I deal with all the emotions that I am feeling?