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Understanding Death and Grief in the Context of Pandemics — Challenges and Support in Response to COVID-19

Fang, C; (2020) Understanding Death and Grief in the Context of Pandemics — Challenges and Support in Response to COVID-19. Inter , 12 (4) pp. 46-52. 10.19181/inter.2020.12.4.4. Green open access

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Abstract

The article presents preliminary research on the impact of COVID-19 on death, dying and bereavement. This study examines from a sociological perspective how social norms and values ​​were shaped and changed as a result of the experiences of loss and grief during the COVID-19 outbreak. By examining relevant media and academic discourses, the author takes a critical look at the challenges faced by those who die and grieve during this pandemic, and further considers the need for better support for future loss. Individuals and collectives have been found to express different needs in response to the loss and grief associated with COVID-19. The essay shows that grief is a process of reflection, and emphasizes the importance of timely, holistic and ongoing support. In addition, the importance of the sociocultural environment becomes apparent. Ultimately, this article explores ways to further develop support for loss.

Type: Article
Title: Understanding Death and Grief in the Context of Pandemics — Challenges and Support in Response to COVID-19
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.19181/inter.2020.12.4.4
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.19181/inter.2020.12.4.4
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: COVID-19, Pandemic, Bereavement, Grief, Bereavement Support
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10134249
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