Coping with the loss of a loved one is extremely challenging. It brings up many emotions and it can take a while before you feel like yourself again. You do not have to face these feelings alone. There are steps you can take to help cope with your loss.
- Sometimes writing can be therapeutic. Sharing your loved one's story can help bring much-needed attention to the disease.
- Find a grief and bereavement support group by contacting your local hospital or transplant center. Many hospices and funeral homes also provide bereavement services.
- Connect with others who have lost a loved one on the Caring for Pulmonary Fibrosis online support community on Inspire.
- Consider talking to a professional. Discussing your feelings with a psychologist, social worker or counselor may be beneficial. Look for someone who specializes in loss, grief and/or bereavement.
For more information, call the Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA or submit your question online.
- Grief & Loss information and support — National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
- Support Groups — Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
Page last updated: March 22, 2020