The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on the world throughout this past year. Frontline healthcare workers like doctors, nurses, and caregivers have been hit especially hard as they have dealt with challenges like insufficient resources, isolation, and unprecedented amounts of work-related grief.
While it may be difficult to think about your own death, planning your funeral is an incredible gift to you and your loved ones. You’re able to choose the exact service you’d like, while your friends and family are relieved of making difficult funeral decisions in an emotionally stressful time. Each part of your funeral – from the type of service to the music played – can be selected in advance and personalized according to your wishes.
Families who lost a loved one to COVID-19 may now be eligible to receive funeral assistance funds through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In the past, FEMA has provided similar financial assistance to families who lost a loved one in natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy.
When Susan’s ex-boyfriend died in a car accident, she was devastated by the loss. Friends and family were surprised and didn’t know how to support her. After all, they hadn’t spoken in years. Why was she so upset? Did she even have a right to be?
Susan was experiencing disenfranchised grief – and it’s more common than most people realize.
Any death is painful for loved ones, but an unexpected death can raise some additional challenges for those coping with grief. An unexpected death can come completely out of the blue for someone who is healthy. It can also happen when someone is ill, but dies sooner than anticipated.
The holiday season is thought of as a time of celebration with family and friends, but for many people, it’s a time of loneliness. There are many reasons why someone might be alone for the holidays. This is especially true this year when many people have decided to cancel traditional gatherings to protect their loved ones from potential exposure to COVID-19.