Sharing information about Grief & COVID-19

The Bereavement Network Europe is gathering the bereavement information and resources which have been developed by colleagues across Europe. We want to gather:

  • COVID-specific bereavement information and resources for bereaved people
  • Protocols or ways of working in these changed times to share with professional colleagues.

These will be shared (in line with the BNE editorial policy) on the BNE website. If you have anything which may be included please email to

Catalogue of losses and discoveries in Covid times – a European discussion among experts from Spain, Italy, and UK

COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Worldwide governments, experts from various fields and the public strive to find the best way how to handle the situation. However, countries are being hit differently. From March to June 2020 the UK, Spain and Italy seemed to be the most affected countries within Europe. With high death rates and strict measures to control the spread of infection, the context of bereavement has been exceptionally challenging as for example visitor restrictions made it almost impossible for many families to say good-bye in person, or care for the deceased in the way they would have wished. Such practices are of great importance as they impact on the bereavement process.

In this joint video-project between the University of Padua and the Bereavement Network Europe (BNE) bereavement experts from the UK, Spain and Italy offer their views on the situations that emerged in their respective countries. Drawing on their experiences they focus on their countries’ needs in short, medium and longterm perspectives including ideas how to handle the challenges the bereaved now face from Corona’s impact.

If you are watching this video from another country than these three, you may want to compare the issues addressed with the situation in your country, to move forward.

Selection of research articles on Covid-19

Stroebe, M., Schut, H. (2020). Bereavement in Times of COVID-19: A Review and Theoretical Framework. Omega-Journal of Death and Dying, 0(0), 1-23.
Harrop E., Farnell D., Longo M., Goss S., Sutton E., Seddon K., Nelson A., Byrne A., Selman L.E. Supporting people bereaved during COVID-19: Study Report 1, 27 November 2020. Cardiff University and the University of Bristol. 
Killikelly, C., Lenferink, L., Xie, H., Maercker, A. (2020). Rapid systematic review of psychological symptoms in health care workers during COVID-19. Journal of Loss and Trauma (preprint).

Resources across Europe

(Countries in alphabetical order)


Det Nationale Sorgcenter – The Danish National Center for Grief
REHPA – Videncenter for Rehabilitering og Palliation (Knowledge Center for Rehabilitation and Palliation)


Nursing Research Foundation, NRF (Hotus in Finnish)


Aeternitas e.V.
Pflegewissenschaft (Nursing Science, Journal of Nursing Science and Practice)


MERIMNA – Association for the Care of Children and Families


Anam Cara – Supporting Parents After Bereavement
The Irish Hospice Foundation
Irish Childhood bereavement Network


De Leo Fund


ARQ Kenniscentrum Traumatische Rouw


Clinic for Crisis Psychology, Psychological Center


The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow


Instituto IPIR, Duelo y Pérdida


Swedish Infant Death Foundation (Spädbarnsfonden)

United Kingdom

Centre for Death & Society, Unversity of Bath
Child Bereavement UK
Childhood Bereavement Network
Cruse Bereavement Care
National Bereavement Alliance
NIHR – Applied research collaboration – West
The Compassionate Friends
The British Psychological Society
The Good Grief Project

Resources outside Europe


Australian Center for Grief and Bereavement


The International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement


Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development


Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)®
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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