What is the covid grief network?

As COVID-19 continues to spread and claim lives around the world, individuals, families, and communities are grieving — whether grief about the death of a loved one to COVID-19, or anticipatory grief about a loved one’s illness. No one should have to do this alone.

Our mission at the COVID Grief Network is to provide short term grief support and build long term community for young adults who are grieving in the midst of this pandemic.

To address this growing crisis, we are an emerging national network of volunteers — therapists, chaplains, spiritual directors, grief counselors, facilitators, coaches, mindfulness practitioners, and healers — supporting young adults in their 20s and 30s.

Who can receive support?

If you are in your 20s and 30s, and you have lost someone to COVID-19, or have a dear friend or family member who is seriously ill with COVID-19, we welcome you to join our community. If you have questions about whether you are eligible, please apply here and we will let you know.

We know that COVID-19 is amplifying systemic inequities that existed before the pandemic, and is hitting communities of color, working class communities, immigrant communities, and other systemically oppressed communities the hardest. As a network, we are committed to centering these truths and conversations in our work and care. We also know that grief support needs to be culturally competent to be useful. We invite young adults to request specific qualities or identities in a care volunteer when that’s important to them, and we work hard to make the network a welcoming and safer space for folks with marginalized identities.

We understand this is just a beginning. In these times of crisis, as so many of us are impacted by this pandemic, we wish we could offer this service to everyone, however we are currently limited to serving young adults in their 20s and 30s.

Is the network licensed to provide therapy?

To be very explicit: as a network, we are not offering therapy; We connect those requesting support with individuals who have volunteered to offer support. These connections are not a substitute for clinical mental health care.

If you need immediate help or are in crisis, please contact any of the following 24-hour hotlines:

If you are looking for a therapist, we recommend checking out:

 

Please see our Resource Guide for additional resources beyond the COVID Grief Network.

 

More Questions?

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