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.
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Resources from The Dougy Center
& Grief Activity Sheet
Grief Out Loud Podcast Episodes
COVID-19: Losses Facing Children and Adolescents, Delivery of Services & Coping - featuring Dr. Donna Schuurman, Senior Director of Advocacy & Training. Hosted by the Association for Death Education & Counseling (ADEC).
Through the Lenses of Grief: A Conversation about Grieving Children, Teens, and Families in the Emotional Climate of the Coronavirus (COVID Response Series) - featuring Dr. Donna Schuurman and Dr. Monique Mitchell.
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.
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.
ADEC in Conversation - Coronavirus 2019 - Series of webinars with grief professionals