What Is Mesothelioma Grief Counseling?
Through mesothelioma grief counseling, mental health professionals help patients with mesothelioma understand and work through their feelings as they battle cancer. Mesothelioma grief counselors are trained social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists who can help you no matter where you live.
Cancer takes a heavy toll on patients and families alike, but counseling can help you express your problems and process feelings of grief after diagnosis, during mesothelioma treatment, and beyond.
“Living with cancer is a huge challenge for everyone. Even a few counseling sessions will likely help you.”
– The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Grieving Process for Mesothelioma Patients
After you or someone you love is diagnosed with mesothelioma, it’s normal to experience a wide range of feelings. A common emotion that accompanies a cancer diagnosis is grief, which is typically experienced in various stages.
The five stages of grief are:
- Denial: Usually the first stage, denial can go hand-in-hand with shock. This may come right after a mesothelioma diagnosis or even if someone you love passes away.
- Anger: You may feel anger because mesothelioma has no cure and since its treatments can be very taxing on the body.
- Bargaining: In this stage, you may dwell on the “what ifs” and try to make sense of why you got a terminal illness like cancer.
- Depression: This stage may set in when you begin to accept your mesothelioma diagnosis. Crying, sleep disturbances, and decreased appetite can all accompany depression.
- Acceptance: In this stage, you have processed your grief and become better equipped to face life with mesothelioma.
While these stages are common, they may not be linear or predictable. It is likely that you will move in and out of the stages or skip stages entirely.
Regardless, grief counseling can help you move through each of the stages in a more comfortable and stable way.