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    Musicfreak
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    My mum died on 26.2.2007 from lung cancer and I still miss her like it was yesterday. I had a rubbish xmas last year, spending it alone and with the anniversary coming up, there’s lots of memories and flashbacks.

    In July 2020, my cat was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and the thought that I’ll lose him has been at the front of my mind since.

    I have depression and anxiety and see a psychologist and uni counsellor (I’m halfway through my social work degree and my 1st field placement starts this semester, so I’m riddled with anxiety over that!) I started doing mindfulness meditation last week and I don’t know what else I can do…

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    onlinecommunity
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    Hi @musicfreak just checking in to see how you are going. Its been 4 weeks since your post and you mentioned that you had some challenging events coming up including your mum’s anniversary and the start of placement, while at the same time caring for your ailing cat. This is such a lot to handle all at once so we’re just letting you know that we’ve been thinking of you…and hoping you’ve been able to navigate these challenges ok.

    It was great to see you’ve been engaging with some self-care strategies including your psych, counsellor and mindfulness…how have these been serving you? Have you checked out the tools for relaxation on our online resource hub? The Reflecting on Positive Experiences and Mindfulness exercises could be beneficial to you especially those times when your depression and anxiety is intense.

    We would also highly recommend our information page on coping with grief – there are some really constructive tips there which may help with your ongoing grief over the loss of your mum.

    We hope that you will find the time to let us know how you’re going. Our online community is growing every day and no doubt there are now others who can empathise with what’s going on for you. So please feel welcome to post again. Your voice is a very valued part of our community. 🌸

    #21625
    vmmax
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    Hi @musicfreak,
    I understand that this was posted a while ago now, but I wanted to check in and offer support. It’s always awful when everything feels like it’s going wrong all at once. It can be tempting to look for logic and blame, and this is a normal part of the grieving process for many people. You sound like you will be a fantastic, kind, social worker and I hope this career path is going well for you (but if it’s not that’s completely ok too)!

    Have the therapy and mindfulness been helping? Please feel free to reach out on the forums or helpline (1300 845 745) to talk any time.

    Best wishes,
    T.

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