Coming To Terms With A Terminal Illness

Posted on 31. Jul, 2012 by in Mental health

Coping with a terminal illness is one of the most difficult things to do in life. It is incredibly difficult to cope; for the sufferer and their family and friends. There are a number of things to talk about, come to terms with and decide on; but of course, the first thing needs to be the process of coming to terms with the affliction.

Telling loved ones can be incredibly difficult, from everyone’s point of view. For those hearing the news it is obviously terrible to find out that a loved one has a terminal disease. Even for those who do the telling it can be difficult to bring somebody down and see the way they react.

Coming to terms with the fact you will not be around forever is something many people do, but once a terminal disease is diagnosed it becomes much more real. With other tragedies in life, you may never come to terms with something, but rather put on a façade to help yourself and others through a difficult time. This happens a lot during terminal illness cases, so that the sufferer can experience the best possible level of life whilst they can. Unfortunately this can hit loved ones hardest, both before and after the patient’s death.

For many terminal illnesses there is no-one to blame, but sometimes there is, such mesothelioma caused by asbestos. Using this example, going through with an asbestos claim can help place blame and help financially. Unfortunately it can sometimes cause stress, which is why it is best to get professionals to help you along the way. There are other illnesses and diseases that can lead to compensation claims too.

After the initial periods of pain and blame, the inevitable grief must come and organising things after someone has died. Immediately after the demise of a loved one it is good to have many people around you, to help with coping and the tasks involved in arranging a funeral. No-one wants to think about this side of things and it can be very hard to do, but it is important.

As well as the funeral, longer term plans must be made to help affected family and friends move on. This can be something simple such as making sure you get visitors to selling up and moving on if money is an issue.

Of course everyone takes bad news and pain differently and one of the best ways to ensure you feel better and act sensibly is to seek out advice from others and talk your feelings through.

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