Caregivers of the dying face higher risks of prolonged grief. As it stands, many have complications because they were not able to grieve while caring. Others felt relieved after the death due to the lifting of the tremendous weight on their shoulders. Guilt can arise from this.
The article, “Study Finds Higher Risk of Prolonged Grief Among Bereaved Caregivers of MND Patients” by Marisa Wexler discusses this issue with care of MND patients. She states,
“Bereaved caregivers of people with motor neurone disease (MND) are at increased risk of prolonged grief disorder compared to the general bereaved population, a new study suggests. This indicates a need for greater support for bereaved caregivers of people with MND.”
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It is important for bereaved caregivers to find the help they need while caring for their loved one. It is important to find counseling and time to look after oneself, especially in regards to facing grief. Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Training Program to learn more and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.