Bereavement after being a carer can be a difficult time for a number of reasons. Obviously you are likely to experience a great deal of sadness, and although you may not feel like getting help in dealing with your grief, organisations like Cruse Bereavement Care can help you to cope with your loss by offering counselling and support through this trying time when feelings of numbness, anger and despair can combine with more physical reactions such as insomnia and loss of appetite to make life seem like an uphill struggle.
Everyone deals with bereavement in their own individual way, however it is important to allow yourself to grieve either at the time of death or shortly after, or else the feelings can remain bottled up inside causing deep-rooted emotional problems.
For carers who require personal support at this time your local social services or Carers' Centre should be able to provide free, confidential services to give you short term practical and emotional help and advise you about necessary arrangements and decisions that have to be made.
For further detail with some of the practical issues surrounding bereavement, read the following article:
Bereavement Advice Centre offers a national telephone helpline and web resources providing practical information, advice and signposting for people after the death of someone close. It also provides free resources for professionals and volunteers supporting bereaved people. See www.bereavementadvice.org or call 0800 634 9494 for more information.