Grief and Grieving During COVID-19
Experiencing grief at any time is a sad and challenging experience. Grieving during COVID-19 can be even more difficult as we cannot utilize the same types of coping mechanisms, supports and rituals that are traditionally available and helpful. The Pandemic in large part, demands distance, which is counter-intuitive to how many of us grieve. Additionally, we are faced with “grief on top of grief”, also known as cumulative grief. This may lead to less time and attention to heal from each loss.
Despite, COVID-19, we can still find meaningful ways to grieve and to take care of ourselves and others. It is necessary to allow ourselves to grieve, and to understand that there are many types of losses people are facing right now. People may have different priorities about what they choose to grieve and how. Here are some grief support resources which you may find helpful at this time.
Deaths of Patients and Relatives
Coping with Patient Death
Virtual Grieving: Is There Closure Without Good-bye
How Managers Can Help the Health Care Work Force Cope with Grief During COVID
The Partners Hospitals and its employees have been working overtime to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic and to support patients and families with medical innovation, clinical expertise and compassion. Many are working long hours and in new capacities and settings. Everyone is proud to be able to help during such an unprecedented time but many may be experiencing considerable stress and grief, be it personally, related to patient loss or even secondary grief from the experiences of others.
The Employee Assistance Program is available to provide assistance to managers, work groups and individuals during this time. Here are some resources to help you support your employees during this time. Please contact the EAP at if your work group needs further assistance.
Harvard Business Review-Leading Through Anxiety-Inspiring others when you’re Struggling yourself new!
Leadership in the Wake of a Tragedy
Supporting Employees Experiencing Illness and Death
How to Respond to Trauma in the Workplace
Managing Healthcare Workers' Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak
General COVID Grief Resources
Grieving During Social Distancing
Understanding Grief-Hospice Foundation of America
Advice on Grieving During COVID-19-NY Times
That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief-Harvard Business Review
Helping Children and Young People with Grief During COVID
5/13/2020 - Zoom Talk Adressing the Illness or Death of a Parent or Grandparent new!
Paula Rauch, MD, a senior MGH child psychiatrist and Director of the Marjorie E. Korff Parenting at a Critical Time program will talk about a parent or grandparent’s illness or death with some communication guidance and some developmental information. There will be plenty of time for questions. Please feel free to have your lunch as we meet; we know you are juggling so much with working from home with your kids.
Meeting ID: 254 213 5494
Join Zoom Meeting: https://partners.zoom.us/j/2542135494
Young people's Grief and Loss During COVID-19-GENE BERSESIN MD,_MGH Clay Center
Find Support at The Children's Room
Helping Children Cope-Childmind.org
Helping Children with Traumatic Separation or Traumatic Grief Related to COVID-19
Other Grief Resources
Articles and Books:
The New Yorker-Good Grief
Gone from My Sight: The Dying Experience-Barbara Karnes RN
Grieving As Well As Possible by Mardi Horowitz, MD
Scholastic-7 Touching Books to Help Kids Understand Death and Grief
Online Grief support
Dougy Center: For grieving children
Compassionate Friends: For grieving parents
Soaring Spirits International: For widows and widowers
Spiritual Care Resources
BWH Spiritual Care
Harvard Divinity-Spiritual Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic
MGH Spiritual Care
NSMC Spirituality and Wellness
NWH Department of Spiritual Care
This content was last modified on: 05/13/2020