Grief is exacerbated in times of turmoil
Experiencing a loss is always an incredibly difficult time in anyone’s life. When it is experienced as part of a turbulent or troubled time in the region, country or the world, such as was experienced during the Covid pandemic, this is exacerbated. People may not be given a chance to see their loved ones and therefore are unable to say goodbye. Parents may be dealing not only with their own grief along with the impact of the disaster, while caring for their grieving children. Children may have lost both parents and are left orphaned often with no support structures in place. These children not only suffer the loss of material provision, but also lose important nurturers, role models and family bonds. All of this can lead to complicated grieving patterns and/or delayed grief in both the surviving parent and any children.
Sadly, we live in a country where trauma and tragedies are common occurrences. After hearing about or experiencing any tragic or catastrophic event children tend to be upset and unsettled. Children who may have been directly affected by the event and who are grieving, whether it be a primary loss from the death of a loved one or even secondary losses, may show stronger grief reactions than normal.
Grief responses that may manifest at this time will include the most common grief reactions, but these may be exacerbated and include the following: