Caring for bereaved family members during the COVID-19 pandemic: before and after the death of a patient.

Tags: Psychotherapy counselling CBT. Grief and Bereavement

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Bereavement care is considered an integral component of quality end-of-life care endorsed by the palliative care movement. However, few hospitals and health care institutions offer universal bereavement care to all families of patients who die. The current coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has highlighted this gap and created a sense of urgency, from a public health perspective, for institutions to provide support to bereaved family members. In this article, drawing on the palliative care and bereavement literature, we offer suggestions about how to incorporate palliative care tools and psychological strategies into bereavement care for families during this pandemic.

Grief and Bereavement Supports for Health Care Workers

Tags: Self Care. Grief and Bereavement

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HPCO is pleased to launch a Support Service Line for front line health care workers to help cope with stress, grief, and bereavement, and build resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. This line is free to access, and confidential.

Individuals trained and credentialled in providing support  in grief, bereavement, spiritual support, and emotional support are available to listen and help you. The Support Service Line team has extensive experience and understand the unique needs of health care workers. They can lend an ear to simply listen, or offer information, assessment, and referral to services based on your needs, preferences, and location.

This free support service is available to front line health care workers in Ontario and is available in English only at this time.


Complicated Grief

Tags: Grief and Bereavement

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Complicated grief is a persistent form of intense grief in which maladaptive thoughts and dysfunctional behaviours are present along with continued yearning, longing and sadness and/or preoccupation with thoughts and memories of the person who died. Grief continues to dominate life and the future seems bleak and empty. Irrational thoughts that the deceased person might reappear are common and the bereaved person feels lost and alone.

The Centre for Complicated Grief