2 family sessions
When cancer happens in the family, it happens to everyone. The person with the diagnosis is facing a myriad of emotions and issues and will often look to their family as a resource, while family members are grappling with their own anxieties. A family living with cancer is often overwhelmed by chaos and decisions and people can be confused and reluctant to express themselves.
These two sessions will allow the entire family to express their thoughts and ideas, to discuss important matters and to learn from and communicate with each other. These meetings can include anyone the Gilda’s Club member defines as family. These meetings provide optimal benefits and keep the family “in focus." This type of session is designed to enlist the entire family as a resource and help the family learn together, how to live with cancer. The session will aid cooperation among family members by identifying family beliefs about cancer, critical family issues and immediate practical problems, as well as possible solutions. This also provides an opportunity for family expression of hopes and fears. During the session, family rules and patterns, alliances and exclusions are brought out into the open. This provides the opportunity for the family see themselves as “experts" in their own family life.