While we all live in hope that nothing devastating ever happens to our families or loved ones sometimes, things do happen. Diseases such as cancer, for example, can hit a family hard. Whether it is the children or a parent, it can seem like such a hopeless situation to be in. While this isn’t always such a nice topic to discuss I feel it is important that we know exactly how to get through tough times, just incase. So with that in mind here’s a few tips and advice on how to get through a tough time if a member of your family becomes ill.
Support one another
It goes without saying but at times like this families can show just how strong they are. Supporting one another will be key to getting through this time on the other side. If your child is ill then as parents, you need to remember to support one another and keep the family together. If a parent becomes ill, then seek adult support from another family member and friend. It’s important to have that sense of unity and togetherness.
Show your support outside of your family unit
Knowing that there are many charities out there to support some of the diseases and illness we face is reassuring. Charities can offer additional support for many situations; it is what they are there for. So it can be nice to show your support back by raising money or making people aware of the charity. This can be done by the things you wear. It can be a simple as wearing a Cancer Bracelet or something similar. Of course, no one expects things to happen straight away; your priority is your family. But it can be quite comforting to know that you are doing your bit and letting the world know in your own subtle way.
The importance of keeping things normal
Families, especially ones with children, thrive on routine. So it’s important to try and keep a level of normality throughout the difficult time. This means sticking to school drop offs and school clubs when possible. It’s still having the family meal at night if that’s what you do. Keeping things normal will make you feel somewhat normal, in what can be a very difficult time.
Allow yourself and your family the moments of sadness
We all get those moments of sadness. They can be overwhelming and difficult to stop. But the best thing you can do is let yourself and your family have those moments. They can be a huge release at times. It’s comforting to know that you can let yourself be with your feeling, and it can motivate you to become positive once again about the situation.
Remain positive with one another
Finally, the best advice is to remain positive with one another. It will be a difficult time but for many it is only temporary. Medicine and hospitals are fantastic, and things are changing in that world all the time.