Life After Death: supporting carers after bereavement
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A collaboration between Marie Curie, Sue Ryder and the Reform Scotland think tank has produced a new report which calls for major changes in the support offered to carers after the person they have cared for dies.
The report – Life After Death: supporting carers after bereavement – calls for more recognition of the impact of death on the carer and the effect on the carer’s physical and mental health, their relationships, their ability to work and their finances.
Marie Curie, which supports people through terminal illness, Sue Ryder, that provides specialist end of life care and online bereavement support and Reform Scotland, the independent non-party think tank, have produced a set of detailed policy proposals aimed at assisting in the personal recovery of carers after a loved one’s death.
It contains five policy proposals:
- Post-carer support plan – A holistic package of coordination and support for carers to prepare for life after the death of the person they were caring for, starting during the ‘living grief’ phase before a bereavement takes place
- National helpline – Particularly targeted at those caring for people with dementia or terminal illness, who are coping with the living grief of watching their loved one’s health diminish
- Training and education fund – Carers may have been out of work for many years as a result of their role – this is specifically aimed at smoothing the path to re-enter employment
- Post-caring support payment – A new payment to support a carer after the bereavement, working together with the training and education fund, in particular
- Signposting – A new pack for GPs and other key individuals to offer to carers, giving them the full set of information about the help available to them
Full details can be read in the paper.