Mourning coronavirus victims while social distancing shouldn’t mean isolation, expert says
Nearly 68,000 Americans have died from the novel coronavirus, leaving behind families and grieving loved ones who themselves may be facing the illness or find themselves trying to cope alone due to social distancing measures. Hospitals have brought in iPads and helped facilitate phone calls for patients who may be facing their final days alone, but many, including the elderly who are considered to be particularly at risk for COVID-19 complications, may find the grief compounded with the sudden loneliness overwhelming.
“It is very important to assess and address the potential for the surviving spouse to experience survivors’ guilt,” Melissa Sampath, LPC, LCADC, ACS, associate vice president of outpatient services for CarePlus New Jersey, told Fox News. “If the death of a spouse is due to the coronavirus, their significant other can be left feeling responsible and worry about whether he or she was the …continued .
[Source: Fox News]