Saturday 24 February 2018

'Soul destroying' - Irish widow's grief at losing her husband to leukemia just two weeks after diagnosis

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A widow has shared her experience of losing her beloved husband to cancer, just two weeks after he was diagnosed.

Dominic Casey (46), a father-of-three, died from leukemia in May 2010.

His wife Aiveen Casey describes grief as "a horrendous process to which there unfortunately is no blueprint.

"Nobody can prepare you for such a soul-destroying situation."

In the video, she discusses grief and sudden death in order to encourage more people to take out life insurance policies.

Mrs. Casey said it was her husband who made the decision to take out a life policy very early in their marriage.

"We never thought we'd have to use it. You never think it's going to happen to you," she said.

However, when Dominic died, the proceeds helped the family to pay for the essentials - the car, utility bills and costs related to school such as books and uniforms.

"It made a very difficult time more bearable," she said.

Mrs Casey's video forms part of Laya Healthcare's 'Life' campaign.

She seeks to reassure people currently dealing with grief that the situation will improve.

"It’s a very, very dark time but you do come out of it … You have to wake up every morning and have to keep positive," she said.

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