How do we ensure a good death - in Covid-19 times?

Living with Covid-19 in 2022.

Good Grief Newsletter 17 March, 2022 - Photo courtesy Unsplash

Living with Covid-19 in 2022 involves moving from ‘crisis’ to ‘business as usual’. OLIVIA LOUKAS reflects on those aspects of 2021 Covid-19 management that need to improve to secure this transition safely. Confusion still exists. Living with Covid-19 in 2022 means continuing to manage it. A surge of cases is … Read more

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Living with Covid-19 in 2022 involves moving from ‘crisis’ to ‘business as usual’. OLIVIA LOUKAS reflects on those aspects of 2021 Covid-19 management that need to improve to secure this transition. Below are our sources for this article by Olivia, published separately on our website and in our newsletter today. … Read more

Melbourne study confirms intense suffering for families of those dying in nursing homes during Covid-19

Melbourne study confirms extra suffering for families of those dying in nursing homes during Covid-19 - Photo by Patricia Prudente on Unsplash

The families of those dying in residential aged care experienced intense levels of stress and suffering because of Covid-19 lockdowns, research from Melbourne confirms. While the research acknowledges something reported all over the world, the authors believe it is the first Australian qualitative study of the issues. Dr Paul Yates … Read more

Our new Resource Hub is here and we’re over the moon!

Good Grief Resource Hub

Our little team here at Good Grief! is over the moon! The mission of Good Grief! is to provide articles, newsletters, resources, and workshops for grief management & end of life discussion and we’ve just improved the way we do it. Cynthia, our graphic designer, has added the finishing touches to … Read more

Omicron threat to the aged worse than it should be.

Omicron threat to aged care in Australia is worse than it should be.

Since we’re in the age of the milder Covid-19 Omicron variant we can all relax. Can’t we? Not really. Not if you live in aged care. Here we explain why the Covid-19 Omicron threat to aged care in Australia is worse than it should be. Covid-19’s progress through aged care … Read more

We need Covid-19 symptom awareness right now, says Dr Jamal Rifi.

DrJamal Rifi

As the number of people dying at home from Covid-19 in NSW increases, Dr Jamal Rifi, of Belmore, warns this is not acceptable. There had been 30 deaths at home by last night (Monday, 27 September). Nearly half of these cases were not diagnosed until after death. “We should endeavour … Read more

Are 18 Deaths at Home from Covid-19 acceptable?

Ianeta Isaako and family

We now have more Covid-19 cases in the community than we could hope to accommodate in hospital. Many will go on to recover without needing the intervention of ICU. But a percentage will need that intervention or they will die. Who will fall into this risk category? We need to … Read more

Funerals and Lockdowns

Barry left behind his beloved wife Eleanor and cherished children Carolyn, Chris and Sandra.

By Sandra Moon Two weeks ago, with state border closures in place and Local Government Area (LGA) lockdowns due to COVID-19, my mother Eleanor took my father Barry into the Emergency Department not knowing he would never come home again. While it had been a long health battle for Dad, … Read more

Zooming in on grief via webinar

As grief counsellor Nathan MacArthur completed his PhD on grief he knew people going through this common experience needed more. “I found people wanted more quality information about what grief looks like and they wanted to explore the aspects of grief that are most difficult, such as the taboos that … Read more

Time for Australia to look at Covid ‘Lessons Learnt’

It might be time to scrutinise a report by a large non-government provider of health services in Australia – now that the second wave of Covid-19 threatens, this time in NSW. Back in April the Lessons Learnt from Covid19 report was released by Catholic Health Australia, the largest non-government provider … Read more

Of droughts and flooding plains.

Sadly, one person has died in the NSW floods. Our hearts go out to the young man’s family. The 25-year-old got trapped in his car at Glenorie, a place we know and love. News reports say he was caught by suddenly rising flood waters on Cattai Ridge Road. We’re thinking … Read more

Addressing the needs of staff dealing with Covid-19.

Every death will stay with me forever, Nurse Vishalini Navaneetharajah told The BBC.

“There is a growing concern that the welfare of health care staff needs to be addressed in the weeks and months ahead,” The BBC reports, as we check in on Covid-19 again today. There have been 107.937,561 cases of Covid-19 worldwide and 2,367,122 deaths. In the UK, there have been … Read more

Today we reflect on Covid-19 deaths again.

Doug Emhoff, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden and Jill Biden remember the 400,000 Americans who have died from Covid-19. Photo by Evan Vucci AP.

Today, January 21, Worldometers says there have been 2,080,154 deaths from Covid-19, out of 97,218,195 infections. This as the new President of the USA, Joe Biden, on the eve of his inauguration grieved the 400,000 Covid-19 deaths in his country, saying: “To heal, we must remember.” “‘It’s hard sometimes to … Read more

Care in the carpark.

Love and trust, Jean Kittson on caring for her parents in a challenging time.

Updated February 2022 Jean Kittson’s latest role is caring for her parents in the challenging, frustrating time of COVID-19. My interview with Jean appears in this week’s editions of Mosman Daily, North Shore Times and The Daily Telegraph. Like so many of us today, Jean – well-known Australian commentator, actor, … Read more

Covid death and the nursing home – the report is tabled.

Covid death and the nursing home - the report is tabled

The “Aged Care and Covid-19 – a special report”, prepared by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety makes fascinating reading.  Released on September 30, it highlights the human cost imposed when elderly people are separated from their loved ones in the name of disease control and the … Read more