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Grieving during the COVID-19 pandemic


The world remains in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic. For some of us, the reality has come too close to home. If your child has died during this time of crisis, we offer our heartfelt condolences. The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a national charity whose members have experienced the loss of a child, of any age and in any circumstances. We stand with you in compassion and solidarity.

In this short leaflet we will look at how to cope with the pain and grief caused by the death of a child during the pandemic, whether or not their death was due directly to Covid-19 or from some other cause. This is written from our perspectives and experiences as bereaved parents. (This leaflet is addressed primarily to parents, but could also be relevant to other close family members, including grandparents and adult siblings.)

Grieving the Death of Our Child During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Suggestions for further reading

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) have published a range of leaflets to support parents in the aftermath of a child’s death, covering topics such as coping with sudden death, supporting our surviving children, the bereaved lone parent, coping with child loss in blended and step families, and much more. You can find and download our leaflets here: https://www.tcf.org.uk/leaflets

For more on coping with immediate grief, see these TCF leaflets:

Grief of the Newly Bereaved - http://tiny.cc/griefofnewlybereaved

Living with Grief - http://tiny.cc/livingwithgrief

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