The COVID White Paper: Death, Grief, and Funerals in the COVID age

Grief and death are on everyone’s mind. For most of us the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated death and collective grief is unprecedented.

Combined with social distancing protocols, end-of-life issues, death care, and grief have become even more complex.

Navigating these restrictions—and the sheer volume of loss—can feel overwhelming. How do you comfort a patient when their family can’t be present? Are you supposed to bring up advanced directives on intake or wait until the person is facing their death? If we can’t hold a traditional funeral, how do we mark someone’s passing? How do we start dealing with all the grief in our lives – now and in the days to come?

We definitely don’t have all of the answers, but the Global Covid-19 Relief Coalition has spent the last few weeks pulling together a guide for this weird, intense time.

Our Coalition white paper has just been released and reflects the input of nearly 100 specialists who work with dying, death, and grief on a daily basis — doctors, grief therapists, psychologists, funeral home directors, hospice workers, chaplains, end-of life-practitioners, etc….from around the globe. As so many in our community are losing friends and family, this work is timely and so very urgent.

I am honored to be one of the experts who contributed to the paper. Please read the information and pass it along. We can’t fix any of this, but we can give people some anchors along the way.

Download the white paper resource guide, and learn more about the team.

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