Grief, loss and bereavement

Friends, family and other people close to a person with dementia may experience feelings of grief, and similar emotions related to loss and bereavement. These feelings can occur from the point of diagnosis through to the person's death, and beyond. They may even occur before the diagnosis, as symptoms start to develop.

People with dementia may experience grief at the point of diagnosis, and while living with the condition. They may also experience grief when bereaved by the death of someone close to them.

This information is for carers, friends and relatives of people with dementia. It looks at some of the feelings carers may experience and suggests ways to cope. It also looks at supporting a person with dementia to cope with grief and bereavement.