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Shaniko woman and others compile resources on death care and funerals during times of gathering restrictions.

Whether your loved one dies from COVID-19, or from an unrelated illness, accident, overdose or suicide -- death will look different in the time of pandemic. Public health measures attempting to curb the spread of the coronavirus are altering the ways we can care for the dying, perform after-death care, and gather to bury or cremate and memorialize the dead. Helping systems, both personal and institutional, are highly stressed. Compounding the grief over the death of a loved one may be shock if the death was unexpected, and trauma given the context of societal crisis. People may struggle not only with the fact of a loved one dying, but with the profound disorientation of being unable to care for the dying, their dead and the bereaved in the hands-on, physically-present ways they wish to.

Oregon Funeral Resources & Education, a noncommercial public information site of which Shaniko resident Keelia Carver is a founder, has compiled a list of resources for people dealing with death in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The new Pandemic Care Guide at https://www.oregonfuneral.org/pandemic_care_guide.html, at Oregon Funeral Resources & Education, https://www.oregonfuneral.org/:

  • assembles articles on death in the time of pandemic;
  • offers ideas on what to do when a funeral isn't possible;
  • provides CDC-informed resources on how to care for the dying, the deceased and the bereaved in this time;
  • links to emotional support for grief and trauma;
  • addresses advance directives completion now;
  • and answers FAQs about home care and COVID-19.

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