Sunday, April 19, 2020

Caregiving, Hospice & Grief, April 12 - April 18, 2020

Best selections from Grief Healing's Twitter stream this week:

There is a lot of loss involved in what we're living right now. How do we cope? Find out in this video: Grieving the Loss of Daily Life Routine and Milestones During the Pandemic « Refuge In Grief

It’s a staggering thought, but right this moment, there are 5.8 million Americans living with dementia . . . There is help — resources and education that are breaking down the stigma surrounding dementia. Caregivers can live well with dementia, too! « Your Valley

The coronavirus is not only causing a viral pandemic—it is giving rise to a pandemic of grief. As I write this, in mid-March, we as a global community are suffering so many losses that I hardly know where to begin. This Pandemic of Grief « Center for Loss and Life Transition by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Ideas from the book “Healing Your Grieving Heart After A Military Death – 100 Practical Ideas for Families and Friends” written by TAPS Founder and President Bonnie Carroll and Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. Healing Your Grieving Heart « TAPS

Being confined to the house isn’t all that bad, but I could do without being stuck inside my head. Especially between the hours of 10 pm – 2 am when my body wants to rest, but my brain isn’t having it. Grief Coping Alternatives for When You're Stuck at Home « What's Your Grief?

Disruptions in normal sleep patterns are very common in the first weeks and months of grief.  If you're having trouble sleeping, you might try some of the simple methods recommended by experts in accredited sleep centers. Tips for Coping with Sleeplessness in Grief « Grief Healing

Absence of normal rituals to say goodbye to loved ones can have profound impact. 'It’s grief upon grief': the harsh reality of funerals in lockdown « The Guardian

A special COVID-19 issue of Applied Demography says we, as a country, haven’t yet paid attention to the “tsunami of grief” that is just beginning.  ‘Tsunami of Grief’ to Hit as More Loved Ones Die « WebMD

As the coronavirus unfolds, our communities may be faced with the tragic deaths of loved ones under difficult circumstances. Demand for bereavement support is likely to increase while support is challenged by physical distancing and changes in service delivery. Managing bereavement during the #COVID-19 pandemic « EAPC Blog

If you’re newly bereaved, I’m sorry you’re going through a loss in semi-isolation, and I’m sorry all anyone can offer you is grief support from a distance.  What the Newly Bereaved Should Know « What's Your Grief?

Even under the best circumstances, coping with grief and loss after the death of a loved one is difficult. The world shatters around us and the things we thought we knew about life are called into question. Grief and Loss in the Time of Coronavirus « PsychCentral

In his extraordinary and beautiful book, Death Is But a Dream: Finding Hope and Meaning at Life’s End, hospice physician Christopher Kerr, MD, PhD shares his patients' stories and his own research pointing to death as not purely the end of life, but as a final chapter of humanity and transcendence. Voices of Experience: Death Is But A Dream « Grief Healing

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