Chapter 3: I need some help
Asking for help from a professional
When someone you care about is dying, you may feel overwhelmed by what is happening. Feeling overwhelmed can include anxiety or panic about your lengthy to-do list, or being unable to begin or complete tasks.
You may feel you are having trouble coping. You may be eating and sleeping poorly, struggling to get through each day, finding you are more irritable or emotional than usual, or are preoccupied with thoughts of suicide.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or having trouble coping, you might benefit from talking with a mental health professional who is specifically trained in grief counselling.
•Your family doctor
•Counsellor or therapist
Your family doctor or the dying person's health care team may be able to suggest someone. Also, your workplace might offer an Employee Assistance Program that will connect you with a counsellor.