Health Department and grief center provide coping tips during a pandemic

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- The Springfield-Greene County Health Department and the Lost and Found Grief Center gave residents tips on coping with loss during a pandemic Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 20.

During a press conference, the agencies provided information on coping with loss and grief during COVID-19 and gave resources for those who have lost loved ones.

On the Health Department’s website, different resources are provided to help through the grieving process, such as signing up for the Grief Center, a memorial Facebook group and a memorial page for loved ones to share a photo and information about the person they lost to the virus.

“In typical circumstances, grief is isolating and difficult, the additional nuances from COVID-19 have added to the grief of nearly every family that we’ve served,” said Nannette Thomas, with the Lost and Found Grief Center. “People aren’t offering physical support, they’re shying away from gatherings, and they’re kind of at a loss of what to do to support bereaved individuals.”

As of Oct. 20, there are two people on the memorial page: a woman in her 60s named Joyce Gammon and a woman in her 60s named Beckey Hughes-Lundholm.

To keep track of COVID-19 statistics in Greene County, look at the Health Department’s dashboard.

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