How to cope with loss, grief during the COVID-19 pandemic – CBC

After losing her grandmother to cancer last year, Sue Morin is still in mourning

Oct 25, 2021

In April 2020, Sue Morin and her family got news that still breaks her heart today.

Her “Grams” — who was like a second mom to her — was diagnosed with a tumour on her brain.

Due to public health restrictions, Manitoba doctors wouldn’t let out-of-province family visit her grandmother during her treatment. When she died in September, only immediate family members were able to attend the funeral and Morin, who lives in Ottawa, had to join a live-streamed ceremony.

Morin is one of many who have lost someone or something significant during the pandemic, and whose grieving process has been disrupted by strict restrictions.

“Not being able to be there with her, and not being able to go to the funeral … the comfort that you feel when family gets together — we couldn’t have that because of the pandemic,” Morin said.

“That was the hardest.”

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