Can it be better for carers if their sick spouse dies?

Study suggests more support is needed for people with high care-giving burdens

The burden of caring for a seriously ill spouse can be so high that the carer's quality of life may improve more if the spouse dies than if they recover, a German study suggests.


The 264 caregivers in the study were tending to a sick spouse who required constant care or assistance with daily tasks like bathing, dressing and eating.

Over four years of follow-up, 152 spouses died and 112 recovered from their illness.

After a death, caregivers experienced marked improvements in life satisfaction from 1-2 years after they