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COVID-19 and Unfinished Mourning

(2020) COVID-19 and Unfinished Mourning. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. p. 1. ISSN 1945-1938 (Electronic) 1049-023X (Linking)

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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious respiratory disease that first emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019.1 It spread rapidly to many countries in the world, and the World Health Organization (WHO; Geneva, Switzerland) declared this virus a global pandemic on March 11, 2020.2 As of April 10, 2020, according to Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center (Baltimore, Maryland USA), there were more than 1,603,330 confirmed cases in 185 countries, and at least 95,758 lost their lives.3 The number of confirmed cases and deaths is expected to increase in the coming days.2 The natural response of human beings to the death of their loved ones is expressed in grief and mourning.4 It is known that the traditional funeral and burial are parts of the grieving process that give mourners an opportunity to express feelings and emotions about their loved ones.5 Improper response to grief puts them at risk of mental health disorders (ie, depression or anxiety), persistent grief, a prolonged mourning process, as well as reduced quality of life.6 A study by Eleston J (2017) showed that with the outbreak of Ebola, social psychological problems were associated with increased family grief and reduced quality of life.7 Since COVID-19 is highly contagious, patients are dying without their families or friends by their side.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Covid-19 grief mental health mourning
Subjects: WC Communicable Diseases > WC 500-590 Virus Diseases
Divisions: Education Vice-Chancellor Department > Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery > Department of Community Health Nursing
Page Range: p. 1
Journal or Publication Title: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Journal Index: Pubmed
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ISSN: 1945-1938 (Electronic) 1049-023X (Linking)
Depositing User: مهندس مهدی شریفی

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