Supporting the Covid Bereaved
Hello and welcome to the Grief Corps. If you would like to participate in a 6-week Online bereavement Support Group then please click below for a brief video describing the group and what you can expect
Meet your Counsellors – this link will take you to a page where you can see many of our volunteer mental health professionals
Please Click on the box below to view a time table of support group times.
This page is devoted to helping you to set up Short-term Online Bereavement Support Groups to help cope with the Covid 19 Pandemic, thank you for your willingness to volunteer at this time. Volunteers should have experience working with the bereaved and with group facilitation. You will likely be exposed to traumatic stories as people share their grief so please ensure that you have strategies for self-care and supports in place.
I would like to thank you for your interest in this volunteer-driven initiative. There are a number of videos that I have made to support this work. Here is the Introduction and Overview
Signing Up – Facilitators
If, after reviewing this page you would like to make yourself available to volunteer please click one of the dates below. The link will take you to a Doodle Poll where you can indicate the best time for you to be available during the week.
- Grief defined
- The goal of grief work
- Common myths about grief
- The language of loss,
- Signs and Symptoms of Grief
- Grief as a Journey
- Worden’s Tasks of Mourning
- Bowlby’s Phases
- Common Avoidance Patterns
- Use of Medication
- Working with Bereaved Individuals
- Grief Group Facilitation
- Goals in providing bereavement support
- Ways to Facilitate Mourning
- Tools for The Work
- Complex Grief
- Challenges for The Facilitator
- Working with Multiple Loss
- Secondary losses
- Stressors of Working with the Bereaved
- Death-Related Stressors
Journey of Covid Loss from Shock to reinventing oneself. This visual depiction affords people a sense of being on grief journey.
Covid Loss as Trauma – Article
Intangible losses from Covid 19 that impact on the self – A one page visual exploration
How to facilitate a debriefing when death occurs in a team An article about when the death occurs in the context of a team (first responders/community agency/health professionals etc.) and is of a team member or service user
Facilitated Bereavement with Agency Teams A companion article with more in-depth considerations
The impact of Loss on the Hierarchy of Needs and the importance of Functional Balance, a 2-Page visual shows the
Conceptual Frameworks for Responding to Suffering A brief, one page list
Elements of Ritual Rituals may help grieving individuals. You may wish to encourage participants to create their own rituals or co-create one as a group.
IFS (Internal Family Systems) Specific Grief Resources
“Self-Led Grieving: Transitions, Loss and Death” Published in Innovations and Elaborations in Internal Family Systems Therapy, Martha Sweezy and Ellen Ziskind, ed. Routledge
“Grief and IFS: Mapping the Terrain” Unpublished article