With the global pandemic of COVID-19 sweeping the planet has come the loss of a world of once familiar routines, relationships and resources that previously conferred on our lives a sense of security and meaning. This program discusses the unique challenges of providing telehealth intervention with clients bereaved during the pandemic, irrespective of the cause of death, highlighting empirical risk factors for prolonged and complicated grief reactions. Participants will be acquainted with a carefully validated assessment tool for the tsunami of unfinished business in bereavement that the pandemic will leave in its wake and will be introduced to evidence informed interventions for dealing with these disturbances constructively.
- Identify four evidence-based risk factors for complicated or prolonged grief exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic regardless of the cause of death of the deceased.
- Describe the Unfinished Business in Bereavement Scale for assessing unresolved issues in bereavement that invite clinical attention.
- Explain four interventions uniquely suited to a telehealth context that can mitigate bereavement complications and promote meaningful integration of the loss.