Supporting Grief In a Global Health Crisis - COVID-19 Specific Resources

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The current COVID-19 pandemic situation is continually changing and these ongoing changes create uncertainty, fear, frustration, and an inability to make solid plans for the future. This reality parallels what so many children, teens, young adults, and adults encounter in grief. Whether you're a school administrator, teacher, counselor, leader of an organization, or just a concerned caregiver, you're likely wondering how to support those in your communities who are grieving. We've put together this list of resources to help you support children, teens, and adults who are carrying existing grief or experiencing new grief due to the pandemic.

 

If you have a resource you think would be a good addition to this list, please email us at help@dougy.org. 

Resources from The Dougy Center

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When Your World is Already Upside Down – Supporting Grieving Children & Teens During the COVID-19 Global Health Crisis

How rapidly and radically things are changing in our world and everyday lives, in ways we couldn’t imagine even a month ago. At that time, children, teens, young adults, and adult caregivers in our grief support groups were saying things like...

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Supporting Children & Teens When a Family Member is Dying in a Hospital or Care Facility

If you’re faced with telling a child or teen that a family member or friend in a hospital or care facility is likely to die soon, you might be feeling confused and overwhelmed. It’s never easy to share this news, and especially so when there might be factors that prevent you and your family from physically visiting the person who is dying.

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Finding the Words - Sample Scripts for Notifying Your Community if Someone Dies of COVID-19

How rapidly and radically things are changing in our world and everyday lives, in ways we couldn’t imagine even a month ago. At that time, children, teens, young adults, and adult caregivers in our grief support groups were saying things like...

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When Their World is Already Upside Down: Supporting Children & Teens in Foster Care During the COVID-19 Global Health Crisis

While children and teens reside in the foster care system, away from their original families, most are faced with not knowing if or when they will return home. We have learned from years of research and through the L.Y.G.H.T. program, this uncertainty results in youth experiencing loss, grief, and ambiguity.

Tip Sheets

COVID-19

& Grief Activity Sheet

Grief Out Loud Podcast Episodes

Ep. 139:
Grief & Coronavirus/COVID-19 - Leslie Barber
Ep. 141:
You Can't Give From Empty - Grief Professionals & COVID-19 with Megan Devine
Ep. 142:
Suffocated Grief & Supporting Black Youth - Dr. Tashel Bordere

Webinars

Blogs & Interviews

When a Teacher or Classmate Dies: Helping Students Grieve When COVID-19 Prevents Physical Gathering. Blog post on Safe and Sound Schools written by Dr. Donna Schuurman.

Dying—and Grieving—During a Pandemic - Blog post on Death With Dignity featuring Dr. Donna Schuurman

Perspective | Why it’s important to find moments of joy in a crisis — and teach kids to do the same. Article in Washington Post featuring Dr. Donna Schuurman.

Grieving During Social Distancing – blog post on Teen Wise Seattle by Jana DeCristofaro, LCSW, Community Response Program Coordinator. Tips for teens grieving the death of a friend and ways to support the grieving family

 

Open to Hope Podcast - Coping With Manmade And Natural Disasters interview with Dr. Donna Schuurman, Senior Director of Advocacy & Training.

Widowed Parent Podcast Ep. 60: Creative ways to support one another during "social distancing" interview with Jana DeCristofaro, LCSW.

Other Resources

National Alliance for Grieving Children - Responding to Loss & Change Toolkit

         Respondiendo al Cambio Y PérdidaSpanish Version

 

National Alliance for Grieving Children COVID-19 Webinar Series

United Way COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund - call 1-866-211-9966, provide zip code and to be given a list of local agencies to provide assistance. 

Suicide Prevention Resource Center Resources to Support Mental Health and Coping with Coronavirus COVID-19 

ADEC in Conversation - Coronavirus 2019 - Series of webinars with grief professionals

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