While a family member's grief after a parent passes away is understood, the solace a homecare aid experiences is often overlooked, according to The New York Times.
This was the case of those who were committed to providing skilled nursing care to Sam and Pat Einhorn in New Jersey's Highland Park assisted living facility.
Aides helped bathe and dress Mr. Einhorn every day, while assisting Ms. Einhorn in devising creative art projects and tend to her nails.
When Sam passed away, Sonia Escoffery, who helped care for him on weekends and evenings, felt a deep sense of loss.
"We were very close - Sam would call me a sister," she told the news provider. "I don't think even the family knew the things we shared and what I learned from him. There's no day that passes that I don't think about Sam."
This deep bond can be beneficial for a senior citizen in need of assistance, but may eventually result in caregivers experiencing a profound sense of loss.
The Daily Herald reports that those who are mourning a loved one should avoid isolation, which can cause depression and make grief even worse.