According to BBC News today there are 6.5 million people in the UK caring for loved ones. So what happens when these loved ones die? As well as the grief of losing that person, carer’s are suddenly devoid of the caring role that may have consumed their lives for months, even years. Carer’s say that a lot of the time support just falls away after their cared for dies and this can compound the grief further. Helen, 84, talking to BBC News said ‘There’s a void when that person you’re caring for dies. Many of my friends who have gone through this too have fallen into it, the black hole which is left behind.’
There also financial implications as benefits such as Carer’s Allowance, Tax Credits can suddenly stop. And there’s a loss of purpose too. Carer’s have developed so many amazing skills and such valuable experience during their time caring and they can sometimes feel that there is nowhere for that to be channeled now. They have gone from having no time to too much time.
If you are a bereaved carer in Suffolk then please see the following links for support.