Coping With Grief When You Have a Chronic Illness

By: Ian Elliott
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

It is rare for a chronic illness to go into remission, and it can last for years or even a lifetime in some situations. People's ability to work and have active or seemingly "normal" lifestyles can vary in intensity. Some may even be confined to their homes if they have severe cases of chronic disease. We at Arbutus Funeral Service have seen that many chronically ill individuals are also depressed and grieving.

Strategies To Cope With Grief

Listed here are a few techniques to deal with this grief:

  • Chronic pain can be alleviated if you learn to accept it. Accepting it means that you take it as it is without evaluating it. You will begin to understand your mourning process so that you can see where you've been and where you are right now.
  • Although each person's grief journey is unique, realize that you're not alone. Communicate your thoughts, feelings, and needs with a close friend or professional therapist.
  • You may find it beneficial to focus on coping with your loss and manage and deal with your condition as a whole if you're dealing with grief because of your sickness.
  • Make an effort to keep your levels of stress under check.
  • Keep track of your physical, mental, and daily activities to ensure that you are in good health.
  • As much as possible, keep yourself occupied and cheerful.

It is possible to cope with sorrow healthily with these techniques. However, it is essential to understand that strategies that work for someone else might not always work for you. Determine how best to deal with your situations and take steps in that direction. For information on our customized funeral services, feel free to call Arbutus Funeral Service and our funeral director will help you preplan a service if you need one.

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