Collectively, we’re grieving far more than COVID-19 deaths, say experts – CBC

‘We grieve the loss of living our lives,’ says grief counsellor Darcy Harris

Feb 21, 2021

Amid the loss of jobs, social interactions and life milestones, experts say people are grieving more than just the tragic consequences, like death and long-term illness, of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the rising death and infection counts associated with COVID-19 can weigh heavily on people, the loss of daily routines, personal connections and expectations of safety have triggered something called collective grief.

“Grief is pretty much an undercurrent of everything we’re experiencing right now,” said Darcy Harris, a grief counsellor and associate professor of thanatology at King’s University College at Western University in London, Ont.

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