For people working in healthcare: Module 1 - COVID-19 and grief

Module introduction

What the palliative care expert says
Dr. Amit Arya, reflects on working in the front lines of COVID-19 in nursing homes. (3:22)Video transcript
“This is hitting us and we’re grieving. Collectively. We are not used to this kind of collective grief in the air.” – David Kessler, author of "Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief"

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all grappling with ongoing change, feeling uncertain about our safety, and anxious about our future and the well-being of those we love.  Many working in healthcare are experiencing emotions similar to those associated with grief.

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This module will help answer questions about how the COVID-19 global pandemic may be impacting our thoughts, feelings, and reactions, as well as our work within the healthcare system. Some of these questions include:

What are the similarities and differences between stress and grief? How are they linked to working in healthcare during COVID-19?

What are some strategies to help us respond to our grief?

How can we regain and maintain a sense of control and well-being?