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Losing a Loved One to Mesothelioma

Coping with the loss of a loved one is always a long and painful path. But when someone you loved lost their life due to someone else’s negligence, as is often the case with mesothelioma, a degree of anger and injustice is added to the equation. Mesothelioma is particularly hard on the victims’ loved ones as the disease does not manifest itself for years after asbestos exposure, and the path it takes once it has been detected is agonizing for both the victim and those around him or her.

If someone close to you recently passed away from mesothelioma, be prepared for the onslaught of emotions that will likely overcome you. Most likely, you have been caring for person you recently lost for a long period of time. You have witnessed them going through the agony of chemotherapy and felt extreme frustration when there was nothing more you could do to comfort them.

When you see a loved one in intense pain and are incapable of completely alleviating that pain, feelings of debilitating guilt can arise. It is important to constantly remind yourself that this loss was not your fault. Feelings of guilt coupled with the normal emotional rollercoaster that comes with grief can lead to a number of psychological disorders such as:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Depression
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Social anxiety
  • Agoraphobia
  • PTSD

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For more information on coping with the death of a loved one from mesothelioma, contact the Mesothelioma & Asbestos Help Center today.

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