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Losing a loved one to aortic dissection can be a profoundly challenging and life-altering experience. The sudden and unexpected nature of this condition often leaves family members and partners feeling overwhelmed with a range of emotions, from shock and disbelief to anger and sadness. As a charity founded due to the loss of loved ones to aortic disease, we understand the unique challenges you may face in the aftermath of such a loss. This resource has been created to provide guidance, comfort, and support to those who are navigating the complex journey of grief and healing after losing a loved one to aortic dissection.

Our aim is to provide a comprehensive and compassionate guide that acknowledges the emotional, practical, and psychological aspects of grieving. This resource has been developed in collaboration with bereaved family members, partners, and trained medical professionals who have firsthand experience with aortic dissection. Together, we have curated a guide that is both informative and empathetic, helping you to understand and navigate the grieving process.

“I hadn’t heard of aortic dissection until my beautiful mum died of it. We had four 999 calls in two weeks before she died, being told that there was nothing wrong. “

Jane Gray

“This is an excellent resource and something I wish I had had access to when my husband died. ¬†Well done all who were involved in putting it together.”

Kirsty Lawie

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We believe that the journey through grief is a deeply personal one, and that everyone will experience it differently. As such, we have designed this resource to be flexible and adaptive to your needs. Our hope is that this guide will be a source of solace, strength, and understanding during this difficult time, and that it will help you feel less alone as you process the loss of your loved one.

In the following sections, we will cover various topics, from understanding the grieving process to seeking emotional support and dealing with practical matters. We will also address the importance of self-care and finding meaning after loss. We hope that this resource will serve as a valuable companion on your journey toward healing and rebuilding a new life after the loss of a loved one to aortic dissection.

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