The Effects of Covid-19 on the Grieving Process: An Exploratory Study

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Macy, Hillary
Master of Leadership Development
On December 31, 2019, the world as we knew it hit a major change as the Covid-19 pandemic made its way to Wuhan City, China. Since then, the deadly virus also known as the Corona Virus has claimed the lives of over 717,000 individuals worldwide. This exploratory study addressed the correlation between Covid-19 and how one grieves a loss during the pandemic. Based on the results found through scholarly articles, journal reviews, interviews with individuals whom Covid-19 and grief has directly impacted, and more, a grief program titled, Grieving Out Loud was created. Through the Grieving Out Loud program the question of “Grief Programs help one cope with the loss of a loved one” will be answered as a pre and post survey will be administered to the participants to determine the success of the program as well of the impact of Covid-19 and grief. The Grieving Out Loud program is based on the book On Grieve and Grieving by Elisabeth Kübier-Ross and David Kessler and covers the five stages of grief; denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.