Los Angeles end of life care doesn’t take a break, even for the coronavirus. The COVID-19 outbreak has put a halt to day-to-day life as we know it. It’s also having profound impacts on how we mourn as well. Funerals are now restricted to as few as 2-5 attendees. At least one mortuary has stopped funerals altogether. Family and friends who live far away can’t attend funerals or be with someone in their final days due to travel restrictions. Even local family members are being separated from their loved ones dying in nursing homes. This is all with the goal to stop the spread of COVID-19, but our need for connection and ways to express grief has not stopped.
Thankfully, there are a lot of ways to meet our needs, look out for loved ones, and participate in mourning rituals. Plenty of creative ideas can be found online. Faith and Hope Hospice in Los Angeles provides a wide range of services to help in this time of crisis. Here are a few trusted resources recommended by our Bereavement and Grief Program:
What’s Your Grief?
- When You Can’t Be with A Dying Family Member
- 10 Ideas for Funerals and Memorials When You Can’t Be Together
- How to Support Someone Grieving When You Can’t Be with Them
Hospice Foundation of America
The Dougy Center
LENS: Monash University
Faith and Hope Hospice strives to be the best hospice Los Angeles county has to offer. The coronavirus isn’t going to stop us. We will continue to provide our unparalleled care and offer a growing range of resources and services to meet the evolving demands of the COVID-19 crisis.
Our May/June 2020 edition of Epilogue has several articles on COVID-19. Check the blog next week on how to support grieving kids during COVID-19.