Reconciling Grief & Relief When the Loved One You Cared for Dies
When my mother died in a local nursing home, my “career” of visiting this exceptional facility nearly every day for almost 15 years ended. Shortly after Mom’s passing, one of her nurses with whom I’d become quite close said to me, “We’ll still be seeing you up here. You won’t be able to quit.” It turns out she was wrong on that one. However, my case is a little different from most, since I’d spent nearly two decades caring for multiple elders. Also, my role hadn’t totally ended—I still had a family member at home who needed my care. Yet the loss of a loved one brings on many different emotions. Some of these we expect, such as sadness or even anger, while others can take us by surprise and leave us feeling conflicted.
Understanding How Relief and Grief Can Coincide: Many of us start our caregiving journey by assisting an elder in their home or looking after a spouse in our own home. As their care needs increase…
Continue reading on Agingcare for more about how complicated our emotions can become once someone we’ve been caring for dies. (Yes, holidays make it even more complex) :
Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories. “For anyone having to walk the last segments of life with a loved one, read this.” …Delores
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