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Grief/loss due to the death of the care recipient

Former carers are partners, relatives, friends or neighbours who have completed their caring role because of the death of the person they were supporting or because the carer no longer has any involvement in caring.

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Grief/loss due to the death of the care recipient

Unread postby Matt (CPC Admin) » Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:38 am

Most, but not all, former carers will feel some grief after the death of the care recipient. This grief can be very intense and overwhelming. Grief is experienced in a very individual way and each person will deal with it in the way that suits them best. Grief is not something that former carers ‘get over’ quickly. It may take them many months or years to adjust to the loss of their loved one. Typical reactions to grief are changes in eating and sleeping habits, withdrawal or a need to be around people, a need to keep busy or, alternatively, a feeling of not wanting to do anything and crying. Guilt and anger are also a normal part of the grieving process and are experienced, in particular, by many carers The grieving process has been described by former carers as like “a big black hole”, “a devastating sense of loss” and that they “muddle through life”.
Matthew Elder
Education and Training Officer
Carers NSW

P 02 9280 4744 Level 10, 213 Miller Street
F 02 9280 4755 North Sydney NSW 2060
Carer Line 1800 242 636 PO Box 785 North Sydney NSW 2059
[email protected]

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