I found ways to address my concerns by talking openly with our oncologists, nurses, hospice and other health care providers.
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2 - We don't know how the parent got cancer, but we know that the child cannot catch cancer like a cold.
3 - In the case where the parent has died, keep it simple.
At one point you decided that you "did not want to be married to a ghost." How did you finally let go of the past enough to let new love in? I was content with my life, but then I slowly realized I missed having male companionship. I had to see myself as single before I could be with someone else.
This happened over a period of many months until I was ready to even talk to a man with romantic intentions.
I learned to accept help from friends and family without feeling guilty or seeing myself as weak.