The COVID-19 pandemic has changed dying and grief: Will there be a surge of complicated grief?

Death Stud. 2022;46(1):84-90. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2021.1929571. Epub 2021 May 22.


Worldwide, more than 3 million people have died from COVID-19. Each decedent represents a person who was loved, will be missed, and whose death elicited grief. COVID-19 has changed the way we die and grieve. Many people have died without family members and friends present and many of the bereft have grieved and mourned alone. Individuals and communities have experienced multiple losses within a short time while suffering from concomitant stress, anxiety, and depression. More deaths and more grief will continue in the foreseeable future. Preventive education is needed to prepare for and manage the likely increase in complicated grief.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Family
  • Grief
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • SARS-CoV-2