Nice to see you posting after everything you have been through.Paula let me know you were asking about this line of work as she knew it was something I have already been through.Thx Paula x x x
Paula and Charles are both right in what they have said,also this site has more information for those grieving ...http://www.carersuk.org/Information/Car ... ereavement
I have no idea if a job is a necessity for you in that you need an income as soon as possible but you have not had much time to come to terms yet with your MIL's death.I would hate to see you make a decision too soon.Try gather as much information as possible,talk to other people who provide care for a living.Its a massive difference caring for someone not a family member and doing it as a paid employee.
There are also various grants to help people back to work and an advisor at your local job centre that Paula already mentioned could help with that.
Like Paula and Charles have both suggested,voluntary work can be a good place to start if you want to stay within the caring field.It was what I did for a short while after my mam died.
Since last September though, I have been working 16 hours a week for an elderly couple who both receive Direct Payments and I can honestly say that for me it has worked.I could have gone back to office work or even ASDA but I get more job satisfaction this way.( Anyways, I used to get wrong in the office way back then for distracting the other staff
Whilst you are gathering information Gillian,is there anything that you have always wanted to do for yourself that your caring role stopped you from doing.Any courses,any hobbies.Did you lose contact with friends? Can you get in touch with them again?
Some of these can help with the loneliness.
In the meantime you know where we are, so keep posting.
Chin up Gillian,I know its an old cliche but........Time does help.