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.

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    SisterFriend's Avatar

    Lost loved one

    Loss

    She's gone... She fought and suffered more than anyone I've ever known and my beautiful, courageous sister is just gone. She is leav...

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    • HDW
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    Lost my only sibling, my beloved sister to breast cancer in 2014. Now I have it. Scary. Genetic testing came back all neg...

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  3. about 1 month ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    My mother died in my arms.. Of lung cancer

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    • warrior84
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    Gene was my husband my best friend my lover my accomplice and my shelter my children's father

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    • Sonofimp
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    3 months ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    Wife lost her battle with cancer October 2017

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    • lil_deer
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carc...
    3 months ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    My mama was cancer free when she passed, but the chemo weakened her heart to 33% function, and she got pneumonia, which ended her up...

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    • maxi
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast Cancer
    3 months ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    My 27 year old Son died while I was in treatment.

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    • Hflores
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    3 months ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    Lost my grandfather on January to cancer and friend of colon cancer in March 2018.

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    • Claire2018
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphom...
    4 months ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    Rebecca was diagnosed Feb 2014 and passed on Dec 2014.

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    • Jbird
    • Experience with Verrucous, Carcinoma, Or...
    6 months ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    1. I hope to be empathetic. Jay had an enormous capacity for empathy. He took the time to pause and connect with those he met, no...

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    • catlillie
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    6 months ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    It's too sad.... my dear aunt the end of December and her daughter a couple weeks ago. Effin' cancer. We were supposed to be fightin...

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