Illness of a loved one
A loved one falling ill is a life-changing crisis for many and accepting it takes time. A person who is ill often finds their most important support in their loved ones.
It is also important for their loved ones to receive help so that they do not exhaust themselves and become ill. The situation and available support can be discussed with the party providing treatment.
Receiving information about the illness, discussing things and receiving support can also help people cope with the illness of a loved one.
Losing a loved one
Grief is a natural response to death. It can manifest itself as diverse feelings and bodily sensations. Everyone has the right to grieve in their own way and at their own pace. No outsider can estimate the depth or duration of grief. Over time, grief tends to lessen.
We recommend talking to your friends and loved ones about your loss. If talking is difficult, you can also express your thoughts and emotions through action. Other people who have gone through the same experience can be a source of comfort.
If the pain, functional incapacity or insomnia caused by grief continue for a long time, professional help may be needed.
Learn more about where to seek help for your mental health
Read more about the Finnish Central Association for Mental Health