Grief Experiences of Families of Individuals Who Died Due to Coronavirus Disease-19: A Qualitative Study

Kuş B., Doğan A., Akarsu R., Yalman E.

Omega (United States), 2022 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/00302228221110334
  • Journal Name: Omega (United States)
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, ASSIA, IBZ Online, Periodicals Index Online, Abstracts in Social Gerontology, AgeLine, ATLA Religion Database, CINAHL, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Psycinfo, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts, Violence & Abuse Abstracts
  • Keywords: coronavirus disease, death, family, grief, bereavement, bereavement, COVID-19, grief, death, dying, PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT, COVID-19, OUTBREAK, DISORDER
  • Yozgat Bozok University Affiliated: Yes


The fear of contracting the disease, introduction of practices such as quarantine, social isolation, and curfew to prevent its transmission, and effects of experiencing a loss due to this disease are experienced differently by different people. The empirical phenomenological approach will be used to describe, explain, and analyze the experiences of the family members of individuals who lost their lives due to COVID-19. This study was created in accordance with COREQ Statement Checklist. The themes obtained from the interviews are “death in isolation”, “changing cultural–religious practices that cannot be performed”, “not being able to say goodbye”.This transformed grieving process caused by the pandemic may create unique psychosocial needs among family members. To meet these needs, planning and organizing complex grief therapy, speech therapies, expressive supportive counseling, and grief recovery programs is recommended.