Dealing with loss is never easy. It’s extremely common to lose someone that you love, whether that be a family, friend, significant other or a pet. Approximately 1400 people in England and Wales alone pass away every day, and there is no way to avoid it. And although it’s well known that everyone has to deal with loss, that doesn’t make it any easier. No matter who you are, it will be hard, but you can get through this.
Just over a year ago, I came home from my second GCSE exam to find out that my dad was in the hospital with suspected Hepatitis E, which if not treated, could kill him. Within a few weeks, the treatment still wasn’t working and we were told that he was going to need to have surgery to repair the damage to his kidneys and the risk of him coming out and being okay was low, unfortunately, once the operation had finished, we were told that he was on life support in the intensive care unit and that he would be under close watch for a few days. That weekend, we were given the news that my dad’s condition wasn’t improving and that they were going to have to take him off of life support the next day.
A year on, I still miss my dad, I’m not going to sugar coat this, it still hurts as much as it did in the first few days, it most likely won’t get easier, but I’ve learned to live with the pain that my loss caused me. For those of you going through a similar situation to this, here are some tips to help you get through the grieving process.
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