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How to Deal With Grief While Battling an Illness

A silhouette of a man suffering from depressionThe inevitable has come. After months of hospital visits, your doctor finally tells you that you are facing a chronic illness. You are at a loss; you do not know what to do. Then you realize that the life you once had is now gone and it will never be the same again. You start to grieve.

You should not take coping with grief lightly if you are facing a debilitating illness such as cancer, HIV or heart disease. You will go through the different stages from denial to depression, but in the end, comes acceptance. There is no one single road to getting there, but you eventually will.

Here are other steps you can take to help yourself in the process.

Do not be afraid to seek help

Know that you are not alone in your struggle. There are grief support programs in Indiana such as those in institutions such as Hospice of the Calumet Area that you can join so you can interact with other people who can give you advice.

Reaching out is never a sign of weakness; it only means that you want to help yourself because you want to continue living. And that in itself speaks a lot about courage.

Cry if you must

Some people cannot accept that crying is part of the grieving process. Just like seeking help, it is okay to cry. In fact, crying is beneficial to your health because it allows you to release emotions bottled up inside you. It also heals the heart, which in turn speeds up your overall healing process.

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There is no deadline to your grieving. Believe that you will get past it, but take your time and understand that everything you are going through is part of the process. If you feel that you are close to healing but then suddenly realize that you are still far from it, it is okay to forgive yourself. Be gentle.

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