Death is not the opposite of life but a part of it

— Haruki Murakami

Bereavement and Grief, especially during the Corona Virus Outbreak

Grief is a strong emotional response to losing someone or something, we can feel overwhelmed and at times unable to carry on with day to day tasks. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, we all have our own individual process and it can depend on our relationship with the person or the circumstances that surround their passing.

For those grieving through Covid-19, you are sailing through unchartered waters. This exceptionally difficult journey that you are on may leave you feeling frightened or angry. Even though we are socially distancing, please try not to stay emotionally distant from people. The covid-19 pandemic has shifted our traditional grieving process and it may not be possible to receive support in the customary way.

Losing someone or something you love or care deeply about is very painful. You may experience all kinds of difficult emotions and it may feel like the pain and sadness you’re experiencing will never let up. These are normal reactions to a significant loss. But while there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can renew you and permit you to move on.


  • Try to limit social media coverage and the amount of news content you consume, when we are feeling low, this can be distressing and unhelpful.
  • Remember to eat (even if you do not feel like it) and stay hydrated.
  • Allow yourself to grieve in your own way, grief is an individual process, do not rush yourself or expect to deal with it in the same way as others.
  • Stay emotionally connected to friends and family, through texts, calls, video link etc. even if people cannot visit at this time, allow them to offer their condolences in other ways.
  • Accept help when offered, practical assistance such as doing your shopping etc.
  • Be kind and compassionate towards yourself.