As restrictions lift, grief literacy can help us support those around us

As restrictions lift, grief literacy can help us support those around us

COVID-19 has brought about many losses and many deaths.

The number of deaths worldwide has reached almost four million, and 26,000 of those deaths are in Canada. The Canadian Grief Alliance’s grief counter estimates that there are more than three million Canadians grieving. Canadians are also experiencing countless other losses that are not deaths or death-related.

Concerns have been raised over grief being severely negatively impacted by the pandemic and the resulting restrictions. Some even say there may be a tsunami of grief.

Understanding this, we have undertaken a number of studies about Canadians’ grief. Some of the results of one study are discussed here. In addition, we offer some suggestions about how to better understand grief and to support those who are grieving.

We completed a study of more than 900 francophones (mostly in Québec) who experienced the death of someone during the pandemic. The project, Covideuil (deuil means grief in French) surveyed people between March and May 2021.

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