COVID-19 and Community Deathcare
Troubling times….death and grieving during this pandemic
May 13th, 2020
are currently facing a situation we have never seen in our lifetime; a
pandemic that now makes us doubt most of our common habits. In daily
life, we have been used to experiencing all kinds of intimate moments
that most us probably took for granted: a kiss on the cheek from
someone we haven't seen in a long time, a hug from a friend, a
handshake, sharing of food and drink. These acts now are mostly
prohibited and come with much fear and anxiety.
Intimate acts are also
an integral part of death and death care. Right now, it certainly is
not a good time to be sick nor to die. People who have been dying
during this pandemic find themselves often alone, they do not have the
right to see more than one of their family members at once (if at all),
and they are always looking at masked faces, not the familiar and
beautiful faces they love and long to see in their last moments. People
facing death right now, whether due to COVID-19 or not, are met with a
great lack of intimate moments. People grieving their loved ones that
have died during this time cannot come together to support one another,
be comforted by affectionate touch, nor gather with their loved ones to
share food, rituals and condolences. The culture of death is entirely
put into question and shaken up by what we are going through.
do we reclaim our engagement with death in an intimate and personal way
during this time? How do we go through a death with as much ease and
calm as possible alongside these added uncertainties and limitations?
How do we mourn our loved ones with the support we need? We at
Community Deathcare Québec certainly do not have all the answers, but
we would love to explore the challenges, the emotions and the possible
solutions together in a community setting.
If you would like to
explore the theme of community deathcare and the challenges presented
by COVID-19, please email us email@example.com and we will organize a date for us to gather and discuss on Zoom.