Grieving in isolation: Pandemic impacting the bereaved

Megan Schiffres

by Megan Schiffres

In the midst of a pandemic that necessitates social distancing for the health of the entire community, people grieving the loss of a loved one are isolated from their support systems during one of the loneliest and most vulnerable moments in their lives.

Many hospitals across the country are closed to visitors in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, because healthcare workers are at a higher risk of infection due to their contact with patients carrying the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Those hospitalized during the pandemic are now lying alone in their rooms, with only the voice of a friend or family member over the phone to comfort them, and people unable to visit their loved ones are saying their final goodbyes from a great distance. According to experts, it’s taking a toll on their ability to move on.

“There’s no question that the virus has had a major impact upon…

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