Grief During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Considerations for Palliative Care Providers

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The COVID-19 pandemic is anticipated to continue spreading widely across the globe throughout 2020. To mitigate the devastating impact of COVID-19, social distancing and visitor restrictions in health care facilities have been widely implemented. Such policies and practices, along with the direct impact of the spread of COVID-19, complicate issues of grief that are relevant to medical providers. We describe the relationship of the COVID-19 pandemic to anticipatory grief, disenfranchised grief, and complicated grief for individuals, families, and their providers. Furthermore, we provide discussion regarding countering this grief through communication, advance care planning, and self-care practices. We provide resources for health care providers, in addition to calling on palliative care providers to consider their own role as a resource to other specialties during this public health emergency.

Wallace CL, Wladkowski SP, Gibson A, White P. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2020;S0885-3924(20)30207-4.

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.

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