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angle-left Supporting those grieving requires “literacy,” researcher Mary Ellen Macdonald suggests

Grief amidst the pandemic is an increasing reality in communities worldwide

Mary Ellen Macdonald, PhD, is a researcher in the Child Health and Human Development Program at the Research Institute of the MUHC
Mary Ellen Macdonald, PhD, is a researcher in the Child Health and Human Development Program at the Research Institute of the MUHC

Source: Health E-News. “It is in the community space where work on grief needs to be done,” says Mary Ellen Macdonald, PhD , a member of the Institute of Health Sciences Education at McGill University and Child Health and Human Development Program at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). Dr. MacDonald and colleagues developed the idea of “grief literacy,” and this idea is taking on added national and international salience in light of the pandemic. Read more in Health E-News.

Additional reading and resources:

Cadell S, et al. Grief in the time of COVID-19. Available from: https://medium.com/@scadell/grief-in-the-time-of-covid-19-8d414307e17d.

Breen L, Kawashima D, Cadell S, Joy K, Roth D, Chow A, Macdonald ME. Grief literacy A call to action for compassionate communities. Death Studies. 2020. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32189580/#:~:text=Abstract,and%20dialogue%20in%20public%20spaces.

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