Some local hospitals and cancer treatment centers offer mesothelioma-specific support groups. Depending on where you live, however, it may be difficult to find a group because this disease is so rare.
If a mesothelioma group is not physically available in your area, there are helpful online and even telephone-based support groups. In fact, these can be great options for patients or family members who need or want to stay close to home. General cancer support groups are also very helpful and can be found through hospitals and medical care facilities in your area.
What is Hospice?
According to the National Cancer Society, “the hospice philosophy accepts death as the final stage of life: it affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death. Hospice care treats the person rather than the disease, working to manage symptoms so that a person’s last days may be spent with dignity and quality, surrounded by their loved ones.”
Mourning the loss of a family member or friend is always painful, yet this is an important part of the mesothelioma journey. At this point, you may be feeling many mixed emotions. This is completely normal and is to be expected. The good news is that there are many resources available to help you navigate through this difficult time.
Grief counselors are trained professionals who can help you manage and process your emotions. Your physician can help you find appropriate and convenient options. Local hospitals and community groups typically have grief counselors on staff.
Online Resources and Books
Another place to find helpful grief counseling information is the Internet. There is a wealth of information available through cancer advocacy groups, such as the American Cancer Society and CancerCare.