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Cancer is a life-threatening killer disease.

A diagnosis of cancer to a family member or close relative turns the entire family circle upside down and puts them into a state of depression.

It is a long-term disease and the chances of survival are very poor.

But thanks to the advancement in the field of medicine, scientists have come up with rewarding solutions to cure or prolong the killer disease.

But still, the family circle and the core family grieve during the whole process.

CLASSIFICATION OF GRIEF:

  1. Physical grief: includes sleepless nights or poor appetites or some illness
  2. Mental grief: sadness, anger, and guilt
  3. Emotional grief: unexpressed Fear of death, fear of family future
  4. Social grief: social relation, return to the workplace, social acceptance, and participation

The level of grief depends upon various factors like:

  1. the stage of cancer
  2. the importance of the family member
  3. age
  4. family closeness
  5. family financial position
  6. personality factors and attitude factors
  7. stage of the family cycle
  8. acceptance levels and periods

PHASES OF GRIEF:

Shock: The news or the fact may create a shock when cancer is identified or the person dies from cancer.

This is caused because the person is unable to believe the fact.

Searching: death is emotionally not accepted. The person is looked for during dining, family meetings, and so on.

Disorganization: As the mind thinks of the patient or the deceased as the case may be, the grieving person is unable to organize his day to day aspects.

Reorganization: This is the stage where the grieving person accepts the fact and tries to come out of it.

GRIEF THERAPY:

Grief therapy is counseling, advice, and self-help and includes the following

  • Providing a different environment
  • Making the person express all feelings about the deceased
  • Make the person accept the fact that the deceased is no more
  • Create an emotional separation between the deceased and the griever
  • Providing continuous support of friends and well-wishers

GRIEF AND STAGES OF CANCER:

Pre phase: stage of suspicion for cancer and seeks medical advice.

Confirmation phase: During this phase, the person is confirmed about the fact of the presence of cancer through tests and other medical reports.

Treatment phase: The actual medical treatment takes place to cure the killer during this phase.

Recovery phase/Death: This is the most critical phase as the family can expect a cure or death soon.

 

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