©2019 by the Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer

Grief Without Groups - COVID-19 Preparation




Common Fears and Information Needed:

*Fears about dying alone - compounded by visitor restrictions at hospitals, nursing homes and hospice facilities

*Fears about honoring wishes

*Fears about not saying goodbye

*Fears about talking about death


How Trauma and Emergencies Effect Grief:

*Memories in a separate part of your brain

*Write things down in big font

*Stages of grief – paying particular attention to denial (lack of visual confirmation) and anger


Additional Considerations and Preparation Suggestions:

*Wishes made by the deceased and any prepaid arrangements with funeral homes

*Health and safety of those grieving

*Applicable laws and the difference between Medical Examiners and Coroners

*Ages of those who mourn

*Involving children - or the inability to have alone time from children during self quarantines

*Start collecting art and poetry

*Get self care, in preparation

*Learn about history and other times this has happened


Options for Modified Funerals and Grieving:

*Video funerals

*Delaying funerals (only available in communities with adequate storage options)

*Creating a home altar

*Finding ways to remember with all of your senses

*Having a container for grief and a place to mourn

*Possible graveside rites with small numbers of people


Links to Additional Resources:

* Grief and Mourning During the COVID-19, Coronavirus Pandemic

* CDC information on Stress and COVID-19

* How America Struggled to Bury the Dead During the 1918 Flu Pandemic

*Psychology Today: On Grief


*Death Investigations: Learn the Difference Between Medical Examiners and Coroners (explicit language warning)