Thank you for your interest in the Internet Resource Guide. My name is Dr. Camille Wortman, and I am a Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Stony Brook University in New York. My expertise is in bereavement, with an emphasis on how people are affected by the sudden, traumatic death of a loved one.
Shortly after the pandemic began, I participated in some media interviews and gave a few presentations about COVID-19 and grief. It felt as though I was always asked the same question: What treatment options are available for those who lost a loved one during the pandemic? Of course, mental health resources were extremely limited then and have become even more so over time.
My staff and I began to explore online resources that could help bereaved people fill this gap. Specifically, we sought information that could assist in managing their painful emotions, building resilience, and improving their mental health and well-being. We searched for information that would facilitate self-compassion and self-care and also provide strategies to help people stay connected to others. We also searched for personal stories of grief so that bereaved individuals would recognize that they are not alone. Our overall goal was to provide resources to empower those who are grieving. We reviewed hundreds of websites and were able to find over 80 that included material pertaining to grief and COVID-19. We selected the best of these resources and combined them into a comprehensive guide.
I was heartened by the rich array of helpful resources that we discovered. Some sites provide information to assist people in processing their grief; for example, how to deal with feelings of anger or guilt. There are websites that address more specific issues, such as how to help children mourn the death of a grandparent. Other sites focus on the practical aspects of loss, such as how to cancel your loved one’s social media accounts. There is also material on how to help and comfort the bereaved, including the best and worst things to say to them. These resources are offered in a variety of formats including articles, blog posts, podcasts, support groups, videos, and webinars.
I hope that this Guide will be useful to those who are navigating the bereavement process at this time. Please feel free to contact me if you have recommendations regarding new additions to the Guide as well as suggestions for how it may be improved. I may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that I am not able to respond to individual requests for support.