An acquaintance sadly lost her elderly mother just over a year ago. She had been her main carer, though carers also came in each day. The loss is huge, as practically all of her non- working time was spent caring for her mother.
This person was signed off work by her GP. Now, 12 months later, after consultation with Occupational Health, she has resigned, as she feels unable to go back to work. Her GP keeps signing her sick notes giving Bereavement as the reason she is not fit for work. She is not on any medication, nor has she been diagnosed with a mental health problem. She did have some counselling initially for six sessions.
This lady has two years to wait for her State Pension to start, so she is looking to claim Benefits and asked for my help as this is what I do for voluntary work.
Whilst I have every sympathy for her loss, I am wondering how long is reasonable to take to “ recover” sufficiently to get back to work. I have suggested more counselling, but it concerns me that she is unable to cope at this stage. I am trying to be supportive, not judgemental.
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