Monday, April 6, 2015

Coping with A Cancer Diagnosis: Suggested Resources

[Reviewed and updated September 17, 2023]

A colleague writes: I have a request to consult tomorrow with counseling staff at a high school regarding a staff member just diagnosed with a stage four brain tumor. Looking through your rich web site I'm saying to myself, "Articles, and books and messages, oh, my." Can you help me go to materials on anticipatory grieving, or feeling our own mortality/vulnerability, or helping someone cope with a terminal illness?? You may be able to help me sort through so I can go straight to the meat this busy day before I must show up ready to help! Many thanks if you can help at this last moment.

My response: You might consider taking with you several copies of my article, Helping Another in Grief, to give to the staff members. You can also refer them to the listings you'll find here: Helping Another in Grief: Suggested Resources.

Just so you know, there are many sites on the Internet devoted to cancer support, some better than others, of course. I think the best place to find what you need is on my Care Giving Links page. There you will find dozens of links to sites I've personally reviewed that are devoted to supporting families struggling with a terminal diagnosis. You can preview some of the sites yourself, and /or you can refer people to them, either by sending them directly to the Care Giving page on my site, or by printing out a list of sites you've reviewed and selected that you would recommend.

Here is just a sampling I've pulled for you, to give you (and others who may be reading this) an idea of what is "out there":


American Cancer Society: Online Communities and Support

AARP Community Connections

BC Coping with Cancer Resource Guide

Calling All Angels Foundation: Cancer and Terminal Illness Support

Canadian Breast Cancer Network

Cancer Care Support Services

Cancer Care Connection

The Four Things that Matter Most: A Book about Living

The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care

Hoping this helps, and good luck tomorrow!

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