During the Covid-19 pandemic, humans have had to confront one of the most profound circumstances of human grief. The grave sickness, then lonely death of many of our citizens in locked-down nursing homes, alone at home or in isolation in intensive care units in hospitals have meant that the relatives and friends of the dying have not been able to be close to their loved ones in their last moments in life. Such bereavement is at the heart of the meaning of grief.
Further, the post-death period, especially for the relatives of deceased loved ones, has been an isolating and alienating experience. In many countries, during the worst of the pandemic, victims of Covid-19 have been taken to mass burial locations with no relatives in attendance. No mourning ceremony, no recognition of passage. No witnessing. Grief layered on grief … hyper-grief.
For many no proper grieving rituals or…
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