Getting counselling help for loved ones

  • Posts: 1
    07/02/2016  21:47

    Hi all,

    I wanted to ask if anyone knows about free counselling services that are available to those dealing with their loved one's terminal illness.

    My nan is terminally ill and my grandfather needs help dealing with this as, at the minute, he's not coping very well and I want to get him some help.

    He and my nan have been married for an amazing 71 years, and they are each other's world. My granddad has been to his GP about the fact that he's not coping very well, but all they've offered him so far are pills to deal with the anxiety he's feeling. He doesn't want anti-depressants. And I don't think these are the solution. He needs counselling to deal with the current situation and potentially for what may happen in the coming months. My family and I do as much as we can but as we don't live nearby, it never seems enough. No doubt, my granddad is feeling lonely and lost frequently.  Many of my grandparents' friends have passed on, so there's not very many people he can talk to face-to-face.

    Can anyone point me in the direction of a service or group that might be able to offer counselling? As part of the palliative care that my nan receives, can my granddad get the counselling through this?

    Any help you can offer much appreciated.

  • Posts: 79
    Edited by: admin - 08/02/2016 10:18

    Hi Friendo23,

    I am so sorry to read of your Nan's illness and can appreciate how hard this is for all of your family but particularly for your grandad. It is great that he is speaking to his GP, can his GP arrange some counselling for him? Who provides your Nan's palliative care? - do they offer any support for family and friends? If you could call us at the Support Line with more details about your Nan's illness and the area that your grandparents live in, we could look to see what support we can find locally in your area. We're not qualified counsellors on the Support Line but are more than happy to provide you or your grandad with a listening ear and emotional support at any time when we are open.

    If you would like to talk to us on the Support Line we are here Monday-Friday from 09:00am -17:00pm T. 0800 090 2309.