Background In the Netherlands over 9,400 people have died from the consequences of the COVID-19 virus. Aim To describe possible consequences of the COVID-19 pandemia and the measures to control the spread of the virus, for the experiences of loss and mourning and to describe what is needed to prevent grief problems. Method Discussion of selected literature and consideration. Results The COVID-19 measures have an impact on the experiences of loss and mourning of bereaved people. The possibilities to appeal to social relationships have been limited due to the isolation measurements. Therefore, bereaved people might have a heightened risk to develop grief problems. Even though social support is of crucial interest in the processing of a loss, grief can also interfere with the possibilities to use social relationships. Research demonstrated a negative relationship between grief and social problem-solving skills. Thereby bereaved people face an additional challenge, to develop new goals, roles and attachment relationships under the current COVID-19 measurements of social isolation. Conclusion In times of COVID-19 society should pay more attention to experiences of loss and grief in order to activate social support for people bereaved during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 63(2021)1, 13-15.
|Translated title of the contribution||Mourning together: on social support for bereaved people during the COVID-19 pandemic|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Tijdschrift voor psychiatrie|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2021|