When the Aging Parent You Cared for Dies, It Can be a Struggle Moving Forward
When a parent you have cared for dies that loss is compounded by a feeling of no longer being needed. The process of grieving is different for everyone but can be particularly complicated for caregivers who experience a wide range of emotions that often seem impossible to navigate.
There is an uncomfortable mixture of feelings that many family caregivers struggle with after a care recipient dies and caregiving suddenly ends. One significant emotion is often guilt.
There is no right or wrong associated with grief especially after being a caregiver. The challenge is suddenly your attention and focus must switch from the person you cared for to yourself.
From the initial diagnosis to a loved one’s death and beyond, caregivers are faced with a barrage of conflicting feelings.