Watching a post-caregiver train wreck.
On another site (Live Journal) I've been following a very sad story. A once-happy marriage is breaking up months after the death of the man's father, who was a very demanding difficult Care Receiver. The wife had run herself down caring for the FIL, and for other family members, and she and her husband had both fallen into bad states, depression etc, which continued for months afterwards.
Suddenly, with no warning, the husband announced he was divorcing her (saying in effect that she had been neglecting him, which was true) and threw her out of the house! She has been devastated, apologizing, taking all the blame, begging for another chance. Friends are trying to get them to reconcile, and urging that the husband get a physical exam, as such sudden behavior can have medical causes.
The details of the wife's care-giving stress resemble many of the stories of post-caregiver depression I've seen posted here. Has anyone seen cases where the HUSBAND freaks out months AFTER the death and rejects the wife? Does he come to his senses later? They both seem to have counselors, but talk-counselors don't always point the client toward medical attention.