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. 19 days ago
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    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
    19 days 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...
    19 days 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...
    20 days 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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    • LaurenLane
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopi...
    20 days ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    My second round of treatments were to go through December of 2014. The day before Thanksgiving, my beloved mother and best friend wa...

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    • Muffin55
    • Experience with Gastrointestinal Stro...
    about 1 month ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    I think that I mentioned losing three of my siblings to cancer with a scare to myself, my now older brother(who recovered), and my y...

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    • MsLaurieZ2
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophage...
    about 1 month ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    Had a PET scan last Wednesday. Went to the ER the following day for low oxygen, rapid heart heart and coughing. Took chest xray,...

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    • Sondra19
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Ca...
    3 months ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    Held his hand while he went home.

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    • RebeccaW
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    4 months ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    Mark passed on September 22, 2016

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    • Donnie
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    5 months ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    My nephew passed away at 25 he was in remisson but had a brian anareisom ,he was my support and I his. Miss him.

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    • rosina88
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Small...
    5 months ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    My beloved husband lost his battle to small intestine cancer on September 25, 2016.

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    • acabrad
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prosta...
    5 months ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    Brad Bernius died October 5th, 2016 at the age of 52. He fought prostate cancer for almost 6 years. Despite all the expertise and ca...

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