Life after caring

At Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre we understand that looking after someone can be a big part of your life. Your caring role could change over time and can end for a variety of reasons.

If you are adapting to life without the person you previously cared for, this section can offer you information and support.

It can take a while to come to terms with such a major shift in your life circumstances, but there will come a time when you are ready to think about what to do next. Initially many carers feel empty having loved and cared for someone over many years. How you cope is a very personal thing. There will be enormous adjustments to be made, and at a time when the carer feels they are wading through lots of mixed emotions: grief, guilt, relief, exhaustion, low self-esteem and panic may all come to the fore.

There is no right or wrong way to feel, and crucially, support is available if you need it.

We want you to know that although your circumstances have changed, we’re still here for you.

We understand how difficult and upsetting it can be when a caring role changes or ends. You can still access a range of our free services and be a valued part of our caring community.

Life after caring support:

  • If you are already registered with us, you can receive Welfare Support to check on benefits you may be entitled to or be signposted to other relevant services.  Our friendly team are here to offer you advice, employment guidance and emotional support.
  • You can access our counselling and befriending services.
  • You are welcome at many of our events.  Come together with others that are have experience of looking after someone. Learn a new skill or build friendships at our activities and cafés, including our specialist Bereavement Support Group, if you are a bereaved carer.
  • Join us – we have many volunteering opportunities.  Share your knowledge and experience to help shape services in the area for future carers.

Please let us know if your caring role has changed or ended by contacting us, and we can support you.

If you would like to find out more, please contact us by calling 01942 697885 or email

We understand that you may not want support right away and that you might just want to take some time for yourself. We want you to know that you are not alone and we’re always here for you.

Useful resources:
Bereavement support:

The Good Grief Trust

Cruse Bereavement Support

Greater Manchester Bereavement Service

Carers UK forum for former carers

The Loss Foundation

Untangle Grief