When Caring Ends

Your caring role will change over time, and may come to an end eventually. This may be because the needs of the person you care for have escalated and you can no longer care for them at home, meaning that they move to residential care or you may suffer bereavement of the person you care for.

When the person you care for dies, it can be really hard to know how to move forward – not only have you lost the person you loved but your caring role, which has been a huge part of your life. It is important that you look after yourself during this time and continue to access support services.

What next?

Whatever the reason for your caring role coming to an end, you may go through a grieving process as you miss the person and that intense relationship you had in caring for them. It is normal to feel bereft and anxious about the future.

The loss of a loved one is one of the hardest things that anyone has to cope with. There are many practical things to deal with as well as your grief and the different emotions you may feel around your loss.

  • Talking to someone about how you feel may help.
  • Carers UK have some excellent resources that you may find helpful.

Bereavement Support

If you live in Birmingham, are over the age of 18, and have experienced a bereavement of a loved one, you can access our Bereavement and Wellbeing service. The service offers free support to help you cope with the loss of a loved one by offering practical support and a range of bespoke services.

We have specialist officers who will speak with you to identify your requirements and signpost you to other agencies if needed. Together we can develop an action plan which can include  –

  • Integration into the local community
  • Looking at your health needs
  • Give you options to socialise
  • Give you training & employment opportunities
  • Provide you with different options of bereavement support which include – Peer Support Groups, traditional bereavement support, befriending service, group activities, advocacy
  • Access to the Living Memory project.

As a former carer, you can contact our Carers Assistance Line for advice and guidance and you are welcome at our ongoing carer support groups.