A Former Carer is someone who through bereavement has lost the person they cared for. It is possible for someone to be both a Former Carer & an active Carer for someone else and we will support Carers who identify themselves as such.

We aim to enable Former Carers to readjust to life after loss and to move forward feeling supported.

We recognise the importance of providing support for Former Carers both in the initial period following the loss of their role as a carer and also in the longer term whilst they grieve and adjust to their new circumstances.

Our work with former carers is guided by the views of those we support. We will offer individual telephone support, signposting to appropriate services, and group support and information sessions aimed at reducing social isolation and encouraging and developing peer support.

Recently Bereaved Click Here Former Carers Group Horizon 2022 Click Here
Benefit Information Click Here Suicide Click Here
Children and Younger People Click Here Advanced Care Plan Click Here
National Support Click Here Culturally Relevant Bereavement Click Here
Support for Families Grieving for a child Click Here Extra Support Click Here

"Lillibet" a familiar voice
Whispers in my ear
Philip holds out his hand
"it's time to go my dear"

"Already Philip?" but he just smiles
"I knew you would protest,
But you've served your country well
My love, now it's time to rest"

My family are gathered around
I know their tears are for me,
But my body has grown tired
And now I'm finally free

"I broke the record, 70 years,
I suppose you are quite right"
I took his hand and walked towards
The tunnel of white light.

I stopped for a second
And looked upon my son,
I knew I had four more words
Before my time was done.

I walked up behind him
As the bells began to ring,
I give his shoulder a squeeze,
And whispered "God save the King"

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Recently Bereaved

Former Carers Group Horizons 2022

Seven Stages of Grief

  • Shock and denial. This is a state of disbelief and numbed feelings.
  • Pain and guilt.
  • Anger and bargaining.
  • Depression.
  • The upward turn. 
  • Reconstruction and working through.
  • Acceptance and hope.

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Benefit Information

Financial Matters

Caring for someone nearing the end of their life can have a big impact on both your finances and those of the person you care for. The following links will hopefully give you further information about the financial help you can claim as a Carer.

Gov.uk advice on steps required when someone dies. Click Here
Gov.uk site to help after registering death. Click Here
For Tax queries Click Here
Turn to Us Click Here
Community Law Service Click Here

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Suicide

Suicide Grief: Coping with a Loved One’s Suicide Click Here
3 Dads Walking - an example of dads coping with loss from suicide. Click Here


Gary Speed dies age 42 Robbie Savage emotional Tribute

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Children and Younger People

Supporting bereaved children and young people Click Here
Sue Ryder - Support for young people Click Here

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Advanced Care Plan – planning for yours and your loved ones future care

Advanced Care Plan PDF Click Here

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National Support

Cruse Click Here
Sue Ryder National  Click Here
NHS Guide - Grief After Bereavement or Loss Click Here
Carers Trust Click Here
Carers UK Click Here

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Culturally relevant bereavement services support

baatn.org.uk - Bereavement and Covid-19 Click Here
Marie Curie Click Here
Ubele.org - Covid Fund Click Here

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Support for Families Grieving for a child

Grieving for a child Click Here

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Extra Support

Day of Reflection - Marie Curie

Click Here

Northamptonshire Carer - Day of Reflection

Click Here

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I Heard Your Voice In The Wind Today

I Heard Your Voice In The Wind Today - Unknown

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I heard your voice in the wind today 

and I turned to see your face;

the warmth of the wind caressed me

as I stood silently in place.

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I felt your touch in the sun today 

as its warmth filled the sky;

I closed my eyes for you embrace

and my spirit soared high.

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I saw your eyes in the windows pane

as I watched the falling rain;

it seemed as each raindrop fell

it quietly said your name.

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I held you close in my heart today

it made me feel complete;

you may have died...but you are not gone

you will always be a part of me.

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as long as the sun shines...

the wind blows...

the rain falls...

you will live on inside of me forever

for that is all my heart knows.

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