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Delayed Grief: Why a Caregiver Will Often Get Hit With Grief Months or Years After a Death

Posted Dec 09 2010 12:00am

Grief isn't logical. When a caregiver travels the often long journey toward death with their aging parent, there is generally a combination of relief and grief after the actual death occurs. It's difficult to watch a loved one suffer, and many elders have suffered quite some time before they pass on. The caregiver then faces a recovery period. There's grief over the death, but relief that the pain is over. There are the legal and logistical duties that accompany any death. However, after the funeral, after emptying the rooms, after the initial work is done, people usually move on with their lives. For some, though, months or years later grief hits hard. Why then?

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