We're sorry to read that you have received such devastating news about
your dad’s illness. It’s understandable you feel heartbroken by this diagnosis,
and that you say you’re struggling to get on with everyday life. It can feel an
When we find out that a loved one has a terminal illness, it’s common to
experience many of the same emotions that we associate with grief and to feel
them with the same intensity. This is often called pre-bereavement grief or
anticipatory grief. While everyone copes with things differently, people often
tell us that talking can help and I’m glad to see that you’re reaching out
through our community to talk about how you’re feeling, and get support.
Another way of getting support, can be talking aloud about all that’s
going on for you and your family. Some people choose to do this with those they
are close to such as a family member or friend, whereas others may prefer to get in
touch with a Support Line such as ourselves. Our Support Line is here with a
listening ear on Freephone 0800 090 2309. If you’d prefer to talk to us online
instead, you can use our live web chat function here: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/marie-curie-support-line/using-online-chat or you can reply to
us through this online community.
We hope that others will feel comfortable sharing with you, through here, how they have coped during
similar times and offer their support to you too.
Sam – Support Line Team