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This page is for community members, like you, to share stories of loss, coping strategies, triumphs, eulogies, art, and anything else related to grief. We hope this page can lower isolation by reminding everyone that the grief we are feeling is collective.

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‘Steamrolled Us In Every Direction’: The Year Grief Hit From All Sides

Narratives of people grieving for different reasons during the pandemic and coping with loss in isolation.

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‘Wrecked Our Lives’: Families of 3 Young Adults Who Died from COVID-19 Share Heartbreaking Stories

Stories of three families who lost a youth to coronavirus.

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A Coronavirus Poem

"It’s not about me, it’s for everyone who’s passed away and suffering from this horrible coronavirus disease. My friend has died from the coronavirus. That’s why I wrote it."

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Art and Lockdown: Your Drawings in the Time of Coronavirus

Compilation of art done during the lockdown that expresses the emotions people are having in isolation.

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Ascending Towards the Heavens

Personal blog post about a family member who died from COVID-19.

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Battling Loss and Grief During Covid-19 in a South Asian Landscape

Narrative of a man who survived COVID-19 in Pakistan, but lost everything.

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Coping with Grief is Harder During a Pandemic

This narrative explores how a woman is coping with the death of a loved one during coronavirus and how communities are an important element of the grieving process.

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Coronavirus Grief: ‘Lockdown Makes a Bizarre Situation Ten Times Worse’

This article covers the narratives of youths who have lost loved ones to coronavirus and the unique way they are grieving.

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Covid-19 Mourners are Turning to Facebook for Grief Support

Discussion of how Facebook support groups have been a great way for people to access peer support during the pandemic.

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Covid’s Cruellest Blow? Keeping the Dying from Their Loved Ones

Reflections from a palliative care physician including observations of grieving families whose loved ones died from COVID-19.

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Dealing With Grief as an Immigrant During COVID

Narrative of an immigrant woman coping with grief during COVID-19 and political crisis.

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Grief & Coronavirus/COVID-19 – Leslie Barber

Podcast of an interview with Leslie Barber, a grieving widow, about how she is supporting herself and her daughter through COVID-19. | 00:37:00

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Grief About My Father’s Death is Making it Hard to Concentrate at Work

Interview with a man whose father died in India and the influence of the current Indian political climate on grief as well as grieving at a distance.

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Grief and Art- Using Art to Deal with My Sadness and Anger

Guided explanation of how author used art to cope with the loss of a former partner. Images showing how you can follow along and also create your own pastel/grief piece.

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Healing from COVID: Loss Support Groups Helping Loved Ones Cope with Death

Woman's narrative about losing a loved one to COVID-19 and finding support online. | 00:01:41

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How 10 Artists are Staying Creative Through COVID-19

Community accounts discussing the importance of fostering creativity in quarantine and how to do it.

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How the Arts Can Ease Grief After Loss

Story of Clarence Brooks and how he used dance to cope with the loss of his sister.

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I Rejected the Native Grieving Ceremonies My Mother Taught Me When She Died. But Losing Friends During the Pandemic Changed That

Narrative of a woman reconnecting with Native culture through grieving and the pandemic.

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Moving Through Grief

Discussion of the importance of eulogy and how to eulogize through art.

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Ottawa Artists Keep Creative in a Time of Covid-19

Artists share how they are staying creative while in isolation.

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Painting Through Grief with Joy Simon

Interview with Joy Simon, an artist, about the influence of art on coping with grief in her life.

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Picking Up the Financial Pieces After a Loss: ‘We Planned Life but We Didn’t Plan Death’

Narrative of a community member experiencing financial stress during the pandemic. Includes coping strategies.

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Sharing Grief and Solidarity: South Asia Regionalism

Narrative of a South Asian journalist's grief and the importance of grieving collectively.

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The 905er asks: “What is the true cost of COVID-19”

Personal narrative of a woman who had COVID-19 and how inadequate government responses to the pandemic have lead to loss. | 00:45:12

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These Poets are Teaming Up to Reflect on the Coronavirus Crisis- In Verse

This compilation of poems addresses coping strategies, death, lifestyle loss, and the emotional impact of the pandemic.

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These South Asians in Toronto are Helping with India’s COVID-19 Crisis — While Managing their Grief from Afar

Explores the unique aspect of worrying for loved ones in other countries (India) that are struggling more with COVID, while fighting through this grief to provide support.

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War Poems of the Pandemic

"Channelling Walt Whitman, a visiting military medic records his daily observations and fears in verse."

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Where’s the Grief?

Comedy podcast consisting of interviews with healthcare professionals and others who have experienced grief. | 01:15:40

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“Christmas Poem” by Brazilian Poet Vinicius de Moraes

Analysis of the religious poem, "Christmas Poem", from 1946 and how it applies to modern day Covid. The poem is uplifting and hopeful.