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Rebecca

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Grieve the Losses that Accompany the Pandemic

October 29, 2020

"There are three needs of the griever: To find the words for the loss, to say the words aloud and to know that the words have been heard."  ~Victoria Alexander

 The changes that have come with Covid-19 have hit many of us hard, not only because of the routines, connections, or loved ones we’ve lost, but also because of what we anticipate losing, like a long-planned trip, a wedding, or an upcoming Thanksgiving tradition. With all of these losses—current or anticipated—we experience grief, and grief tends to impact every aspect of our lives, including our emotions, thoughts, behaviors, physcial functioning, and spiritual well-being. Unfortunately, because of the need for physical distancing, support for one another must happen at a distance. And, if there has been a death, funerals are postponed or take on a different format. 

 I’ve listed a few resources below that can help you manage the losses and grief accompanying this pandemic. If you've discovered a resource you’ve found helpful, let me know about it at rebecca@resourcesforgrief.com.

 Warm regards,

Rebecca S. Hauder, RN, LCPC

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 Don't Miss These Free Resources on Grief in the Midst of Covid-19

 1) The Funeral Service Foundation offers FREE grief resources to help you strengthen relationships with families and support your community.

  • Grieving Alone & Together: Responding to the Loss of Your Loved One During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Written by Sara Murphy, Ph.D., CT, with a forward by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D., the 12-page booklet, available in English and Spanish, offers guidance to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one during the pandemic or who would like to learn how they can support those who have. An e-book is available for you to share on your website and social media.
  • Youth & Funerals: Understanding the important role funerals and memorialization play in the lives of youth
  • The 12-page booklet, available in English and Spanish, debunks the common myths that prevent youth from attending or participating in funerals, offers age-appropriate language and advice on discussing death and funerals with youth, and gives suggestions for youth preparedness, empowerment and involvement in memorialization. An e-book and complementing video featuring Good Grief CEO, Joe Primo, are also available for you to share on your website and social media

2) The Association for Death Education and Counseling has sponsored a series of panel discussions: ADEC in Conversation: COVID-19. Check out a menu of topics and listen to these free informative discussions at ADEC.

 3) In case you missed it, I included a free resource in my recent mailings: Helping Those who Grieve in a Time of Physical Distancing. You're welcome to make copies and pass it on to others who might benefit.

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