Coping after a person with dementia has died

There is no right or wrong way to grieve - everyone reacts differently when a person dies. Caring for someone with dementia can be very demanding, and takes a toll on family members, even after the person has been in residential aged care for some time. Family members may feel guilty about the care provided, even when they have done their best. Death can come as a relief for some people. When family members are concerned about how they are feeling it is a good idea to seek help. Families can ask residential aged care staff about local bereavement services. Families may also find the CareSearch page Bereavement, Grief and Loss helpful.
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There are no right or wrong feelings. Counselling is confidential and can help you to understand and cope with feelings that may be troubling you.

Need to talk to someone?

If you need to talk about how you are feeling, counselling is available from:
  • Alzheimer’s Australia, National Dementia Hotline 1800 100 500 
  • Commonwealth Carer Respite Centres  1800 242 636
Last updated 31 January 2017