One grim impact of the coronavirus pandemic is that many people will lose a loved one, like a parent or grandparent, to coronavirus.
In addition to the usual grief someone would typically experience, there's also the added layer of social distancing, which means people won't be able to have memorial services or receive comfort from the company of loved ones who are also grieving.
WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As deaths from coronavirus continue to mount, researchers are calling attention to another toll of the pandemic: the many people left behind to grieve, in a time of social isolation.
Losing a loved one is a traumatic event at any time. But experts say the ongoing crisis presents unique difficulties for people in mourning -- from the suddenness of the loss, to the societal shifts happening around it.
And a huge number of people will be affected in the months to come.
"This will be a mortality shock that the U.S. has never experienced," said Emily Smith-Greenaway, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles.