I remember walking into a hospital to visit a boyfriend to be met in the hall by his father who told me that they just received the “news”: it was cancer. It was one of those life-altering moments. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be the last time I heard that “news”. In fact, there are six more stand-out moments in my life when I received such news. It hits me the same way each time.
If you or a loved one has just received a diagnosis of a serious or life-threatening illness, it can turn your life upside down. Therapy can help you sort through those feelings, creating a safe space to process and allow you (if you are the caregiver) to be present for your loved one.
If you are the one receiving the diagnosis, this is a difficult time. Having an impartial third party to talk to is important. A safe space to explore the full range of your emotions. The emotional response can be overloading to our system and often in response we shut down.
Learning to cope with the emotional response is important for you and your loved ones. It will help you through this time to come when you will want to connect and get closer to your loved ones.
If you are preparing to die, your illness terminal, therapy can help you in guiding through those feelings, help you prepare and even offer some suggestions on legacy planning.
Walking this path is not easy. There are ways to support you and your loved ones with dignity and compassion. It is in the understanding of what you need and want at this time and communicating that clearly to all involved.
“We are all just walking each other home.” Ram Das