Coping During the Pandemic

Coping During the Pandemic Playlists

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Grief Stories features short videos, podcast interviews, and blog posts offering ideas for coping with grief. The tools and activities on this website are intended to be used as a resource for people who are grieving, those who are supporting grievers and healthcare professionals. The information provided is NOT meant to be a substitute for professional therapy.

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Experiencing loss during the pandemic includes all the usual challenges of grief. It also involves navigating on-going changes and uncertainty that impact how we honour and remember someone who has died.

From isolation during illness to restrictions on gatherings for funerals and memorials, all aspects of loss are affected. At the same time, we're coping with anxiety and struggles in our day-to-day lives brought on by the realities of the pandemic. At Grief Stories, we're grateful for the support of Northumberland United Way in creating supportive content for those experiencing loss during the pandemic.

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Pandemic-Related Blog

Ways to Mourn During the Pandemic

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Post by Maureen Pollard, MSW, RSW Ways to Mourn During the Pandemic The restrictions related to the global pandemic are intended to…

Anticipatory Grief During a Pandemic

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Post by Maureen Pollard, MSW, RSW It is 2020 and the world is gripped by a relentless pandemic. The news is filled…

Grieving Through Another Pandemic Holiday Season

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Post by Maureen Pollard, MSW, RSW Grieving Through Another Pandemic Holiday Season This is our second year collectively facing a crisis across…

Thinking About Death and Dying

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Post by Maureen Pollard, MSW, RSW Though everyone eventually dies, it can be difficult to think about death and dying and many…

All Pandemic-Related Videos

Coping during the pandemic
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Karyn and Aidan – The what if game and guilt

Karyn and Aidan – The what if game and guilt

Karyn and Aidan explain how they have dealt with guilt

Maureen – Funeral during the pandemic

Maureen – Funeral during the pandemic

Maureen talks about funeral arrangements during a pandemic

Adrianna – Pandemic, funerals and celebration of life

Adrianna – Pandemic, funerals and celebration of life

Adrianna talks about the death of her friend during pandemic

Karyn and Aidan – Support from others

Karyn and Aidan – Support from others

Karyn and Aidan discuss how family, friends, and people they didn't know in the community supported them.Talking, meals, dog walking are among the things that made a huge difference.

Nicole – Stigma Surrounding Drug Use

Nicole – Stigma Surrounding Drug Use

Nicole discusses how the stigma around drug use has an impact on how people feel able to grieve when those in their community are lost.

Laura- Loss to Covid & Disconnection

Laura- Loss to Covid & Disconnection

Laura shares her experience losing someone to covid and navigating attending attending funerals during the pandemic.

Lynda – ‘Pandemic and triggers”

Lynda – ‘Pandemic and triggers”

Lynda discusses how hard it is during the pandemic to avoid triggers

Jane – Preparing for another loss

Jane – Preparing for another loss

Jane talks about her experience with another grandparent dying after losing two grandparents over the last few years.

Laura- Loss from Addiction

Laura- Loss from Addiction

Laura shares her experience losing a friend to overdose and navigating attending a memorial during the pandemic.

Maureen – “Not being able to be with your loved one”

Maureen – “Not being able to be with your loved one”

Maureen discusses ideas of how you can honour a loved now until it is safe to come together.