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Processing the Grief and Trauma of Losing a Loved One to COVID-19

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Youth gather around the coffin and place roses on top of it.
Gilberto Arias, 15, (R) and Javier Dominguez, 13, place flowers on the casket of Gilberto Arreguin Camacho, 58, who died due to Covid-19, during his burial service at a cemetery on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 2020 in Whittier, Calif. ( PATRICK T. FALLON / Contributor via Getty Images)

On Wednesday, a Californian died from COVID-19 every two minutes. The level of loss is taking a toll on families and larger communities collectively grieving the more than 38,000 deaths — many of which were preventable. The numbers don’t tell the whole story, however, of families waiting weeks to bury or cremate loved ones. Or households in which multiple family members died from COVID-19. Or communities afraid of losing their culture when elders pass away. We talk about how some are coping with the grief and trauma of losing loved ones to the coronavirus pandemic.  

Resources for grieving families:


Sam Levin, Los Angeles correspondent for the Guardian US

Brittny Mejia, reporter, Los Angeles Times

Erika Felix, licensed psychologist and associate professor of clinical psychology in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara<br />

James Ramos, California State Assemblymember District 40<br />


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