When a Loved One Dies During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had an unprecedented impact on how we live and work, limiting our ability to interact with others and freely move about within our community. Tragically, it’s also affecting our ability to pay tribute to loved ones who have died.
As our situation continues to change daily, we continue to adapt our practices and policies to keep everyone safe while at the same time ensuring we are meeting the needs of our grieving families.
Unfortunately, if a loved one dies during the pandemic, regardless of the circumstances of their death, it is unlikely that a traditional funeral or memorial service will be possible, at least in the immediate future. The provincial government has mandated that gatherings are limited to 5 people, the exception to this being funerals where 10 people are permitted in total (with proper social distancing), and we have adapted to accommodate this requirement.
Having a virtual funeral is possible, as we are equipped to live stream or record services for families so they can feel connected from the comfort and safety of their homes.
To assist in honouring your loved one, or to support someone who has experienced the death of a family member or friend during these difficult times, we invite you to review these articles below, which we are hopeful you will find beneficial.
Funerals In A Time Of Coronavirus: Thoughts For Families
Needless to say, the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 is a challenging time for everyone. But if someone you love has died, it is likely that the current social distancing orders and travel restrictions are making funeral planning especially difficult for your family.
Supporting Friends & Family When a Funeral Isn't Possible
As you can imagine, not having the opportunity to hold a traditional funeral or memorial service can be very difficult for family and friends who would benefit from gathering and receiving the support of others as they begin the grief journey. Fortunately, there are still ways you can support them.
How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus Pandemic
The youngest among us are not immune to all of this stress. They sense it in the adults around them, and they see it on social media and other sources of information. Their own day-to-day routines have been completely disrupted.
Coronavirus and the Six Needs of Mourning
Grief is everything we think and feel inside of us whenever our attachments are threatened, harmed, or severed. We experience shock and disbelief. We are anxious, which is a form of fear. We become sad and possibly lonely. We get angry. We feel guilty or regretful. The sum total of all these and any other thoughts and feelings we are experiencing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic is our grief.
Nurturing Hope In Difficult Times
“Hope is the pillar that holds up the world.” — Pliny the Elder
The caller to the Center for Loss asked a question that is on the hearts of many right now: “Are we going to get through this?”
It became obvious as the conversation continued that she was experiencing feelings of grief and in search of borrowing some much-needed hope. As I hung up the phone after 20 minutes, I found myself yearning to write about hope, because, especially during difficult times like these, it is indeed the pillar that holds up the world.
Loss In A Pandemic: Supporting Grievers
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, presents many unique challenges for those who are grieving. Whether their loved one died of complications of coronavirus or through any other means, bereaved persons are now making difficult decisions about funerary services in a time of social distancing, often after experiencing little or no time with their loved one in their final days as a result of new visitation limitations in place at health care and hospice facilities.