Grieving in a Time of Crisis

by wc19

In this Article, we firstly want to highlight Resources to help you & yours in times of loss. The information is already online and, rather than repeat it here, we’ll simply point you towards the experts.

To give further support, we’ll be adding relevant listings, including: who can help and advise with funeral and memorial services; dealing with grief and loss; comforting each other together, despite socially distancing; how to bring solace with remembrance.

This article was prompted when, within hours of adding a listing, we were informed that the business owner had died suddenly. Shocked and saddened, we decided to update the listing, rather than delete it, in order to allow clients to learn of his passing, and to remember him through the words of his friends and family.

This highlighted for us how COVID-19, and the restrictions it brings with it, introduces extra burdens to coping with death & dying, grieving – and celebrating the lives of our departed loved ones. And we felt our West Cork COVID-19 Resources pages needed to address this.

Our hearts go out to those who’ve lost a loved one at this time, and we send these words, and the links below, to you in the hope they will ease the journey.

Beannacht / Blessing

by John O’Donohue
For Josie, my mother

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets into you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green
and azure blue,
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

Gougane Barra

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.

A Guide for the Bereaved during the COVID-19 Pandemic

17 April 2020
From: Department of Health and Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has forced us to change the usual ways we deal with the loss of a loved one.

This guide is concerned with the period from the time a death occurs up to the burial or cremation. It is intended to provide clear advice as to what bereaved families might expect as they make funeral arrangements.

In particular, it outlines the changes that have become necessary to what are often fundamental and time honoured rituals and processes associated with marking the passing of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to open the Guide.

More Information

Click on the links below for more information.

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