A survey conducted by the Universities of Bristol and Cardiff, in United Kingdom, points out that two-thirds of the people who went through mourning during the pandemic of Covid-19 felt even more loneliness during the process.
It is believed that the main cause of the feeling is the health crisis itself, which in addition to taking loved ones unexpectedly, also influenced the mourning process. Respondents reported three very difficult moments, they are: funeral arrangements (93%), limited contact with friends and relatives (81%) and experience of the social isolation (67%).
Another frequent complaint of bereaved people was the lack of empathy of health professionals who reported on the death family member or friend. About 48% of volunteers even reported that they were not informed about grief support services, which should happen at the time of the death announcement.
“Our research shows the enormous challenges associated with grief during the pandemic, highlighting the difficult experiences when the end of life was compounded by high levels of social isolation and loneliness and a lack of support thereafter,” said Dr. Lucy Selman.
“With the average number of deaths in the UK projected to increase over the next twenty years, it is essential that bereavement services are adequately resourced and measures are put in place to ensure that everyone who has had a grieving experience is flagged for grief options. support and information about bereavement services,” he added.
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“It is vital that we learn lessons from the experience of mass mourning during Covid-19. Health and social care providers must prioritize communication with relatives and help ensure that people can have contact with their sick loved ones, even in the context of a pandemic. However, this can only happen if the resources for the team that cares for the sick are also prioritized”, reported physician Emily Harrop.
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