Experiences with Lost Loved One

No matter how long you care for a family member or friend with cancer, nothing can prepare you for the loss of loved one. Not even the words or “tips” from other loved ones can take away the pain. There is no method or formula to follow when grieving. Bereavement and grief are different for every person. However, many WhatNexter’s have shared that it is important to grieve. It is important to be sad, cry, feel overwhelmed, or even to feel angry. Letting out all these emotions aid you in the healing process; do not let other people tell you how to cope with the loss.

When you are ready, you may want to consider a few coping mechanisms that have helped others who have also grieved the loss of a loved one. You could reach out to your support group, join a bereavement group, or talk to a professional counselor. It is also important to continue to take care of yourself and to maintain a healthy and normal lifestyle. A lot of WhatNexter’s ask, “How do I cope with the loss of a loved one?”, “How do I deal with people who say they “know what you are going through”?”, “How do I prepare to lose my partner?”, or how to deal with other experiences with death. Although there is no right answer on how to grieve or prepare yourself for the loss of a loved one, it is important to talk with others who have experienced similar grief. Look below for firsthand insights on what it is like to lose a loved one.

  1. 1 day ago
    KiVier2011's Avatar

    Lost loved one

    Loss

    Sadly, my son David passed away last October. I have found it difficult to even say those words, but I am healing and slowly it is b...

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    • Cally
    • Experience with Pleomorphic Undifferenti...
    5 days ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    I lost my twin sister 3 years ago to cancer and my father 20 years ago to the same disease....I now know what it is like to be the c...

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    • Pawleys
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung C...
    21 days ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    It was so hard to watch, my beautiful brother pass. He is in heaven looking for his sky hooks with Grandpa!

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    • Jbird
    • Experience with Verrucous, Carcinoma, Or...
    about 1 month ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    It will make me feel better to help anyone who has questions about the peg tube or radiation treatments chemotherapy. The surgery....

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  2. 2 months ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    Long 4.5yr battle with cancer has ended. My husband is now at peace. He was surrounded by friends, at home under hospice care, just ...

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    • BobToth
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    2 months ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    I am the caretaker for Bob and he passed away on April 26, 2016. Please unsubscribe us from What Next.

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    • Bamagirl
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    2 months ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    Maybe this is not the place to share, but my Father passed unexpectantly March 4. It was a massive clot in the lungs. He and my moth...

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    • kaheines
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prost...
    3 months ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    I lost my best friend to prostate cancer

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  3. 4 months ago
    thompsonsaraht's Avatar

    Lost loved one

    Loss

    My husband passed away in June 2016. He had just had scans and his doctor called me a couple of days later to give me results. His c...

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    • czar215
    • Experience with Nasopharyngeal Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    On July 11, 2015 my beloved Larry passed away from a metastatic brain tumor. He fought hard like all of our loved ones do. Every day...

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    • kellycl
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung C...
    4 months ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    My sister was diagnosed in November 2015 and died on April 03 2016. I wasn't sure how to report this, but i need to see what was mi...

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    • LaurenLane
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopi...
    4 months ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    While caring for mom, we learned that dad had MSA, Multiple Systems Atrophy, a rare subset of Parkinson's. He lived with my stepmom...

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