Grief is complicated and has many causes including the death of a loved one, separation and divorce, loss of friendship when close friends move away, loss of a job, and the loss of a pet. Data shows that 284,000 Canadians died in 2019 and studies indicate that each death leaves 5 people grieving over the loss.
Grief is experienced by many regardless of age. It is estimated that 1 in 14 children will experience the death of a parent or sibling by the time they turn 18. Many children experience grief due to their parents’ separation or divorce or a family move.
COVID-19 has severely complicated the process of loss and grief. Many have not been able to be with or to say goodbye to loved ones who have died in long term care homes and hospitals. The ability to grieve these losses in traditional ways with funerals, family gatherings and memorials has not been possible.