“Grief is normal and mourning is very necessary. But if depression becomes ingrained and doesn't stop, that's when you need help.”
We all experience grief and loss at some point in our life. Our experience of grief, as a response to loss, may occur in different ways to someone else. And that’s okay. Grief and loss may affect our thoughts, behaviours, beliefs, feelings, relationships. Ultimately, it can affect our physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Caring is a vital role that may also demand specialised skills not normally required. Caregivers deserve support from others. They also need to make their own self-care a priority to avoid becoming isolated and being negatively affected by the pressures of the role.
Caring for yourself first and foremost is crucial in order to be able to care for someone else. Setting aside regular time to relax, or perhaps visiting friends, can help manage difficult feelings like anger or sadness that may stem from grief.
If you are a carer or know someone in a caregiver role that you would like to support, take a look at our carers page.
A closer look
It helps to make time to look after yourself as well as the person you are caring for
Grief itself is not a mental illness
It helps to tell your story
A carer can experience grief and loss for someone who has not yet passed away
It can help to reach out to others who have similar experiences