All Grief during Covid is Traumatic

When healthcare professionals lose a patient there will be grief and all the complexities that grief entails: anger, sadness, guilt, overwhelm, even relief.

If these reactions are not expressed, shared, or released in some way they will eat away at your stomach, your self-esteem, your energy, your overall health, your sleep, your peace of mind…

Suffering multiple losses doesn’t mean another one has no impact. It does: it will.

What are you doing to mitigate the long term consequences on your health and well-being? Or that of your unit?

For the Unit – some thoughts, though you are probably doing many things already.

  • 10 seconds of silence at the bedside. Someone needs to lead and count: “We will now hold 10 seconds of silence to honor the passing of … and give thanks for their life and for the care offered by their team.”
  • Some visual with words of support and thanks to the staff. Have leadership sign?
  • Create a quiet corner, even a standing corner, with an electric candle, essential oils and cotton balls to carry the scent away with them, affirmation cards and prayer cards to pick up. A CD player with meditation music. Staff can sit or stand and listen just for 3-5 minutes. (Prayer and affirmation cards will be posted here soon.)

For you, because you are probably not doing much for yourself. And if you currently work in healthcare and have lost a patient or a family member to Covid -19 then you have some degree of traumatic grief.

  • Use the One-Mo resources on this site
  • Check out some free grief resources below. Also check out with Paul Deniston and with David Kessler. Both offer free resources and other options for support.

Published by Mona

I am a wife, mother, and author. I taught high school for 27 years and I was a hospital and hospice chaplain until my health required that I retire. I miss my hospital coworkers and cannot imagine how terrible this year and last year have been. I want to be there for them in at least this small way.

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