Grief in a time of pandemic

as featured in Healthy Kansas City March/April 2021

Grief is one of our most fundamental emotions. From the first moments of life, we cry to feel better and to release emotion. We come together in families and in the community to comfort each other in our grief. The closeness of friends and families is a comfort in our times of sorrow.

Early in the pandemic, it was clear that traditional gatherings for remembrance were becoming untenable. Memorial service gatherings could spread the virus quickly. Families struggled to help their loved ones and themselves grieve, kept apart from the family gatherings, services, and human touch that helped them survive their dark hours. It was going to take more than just Zoom funerals to help people heal.

Kansas City Hospice already had a very robust set of grief programs. But, it became clear that the methods of interaction and delivery would need to change drastically to not only keep grief support specialists, volunteers, and families safe, but to ensure meaningful care and support for those facing the additional complexities of sudden loss and grief while physically isolating from one another.

Keep reading at to learn how Kansas City Hospice staff, Solace House, Grief Support Services, chaplains, volunteers, KC Web Specialists and more came together to help families in Kansas City.

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About Us

The mission of Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care is to bring expert care, peace of mind, comfort, guidance, and hope to people who are affected by life-limiting illness or by grief. Our vision is that each person in our community is valued from life through death and each family is supported in their grief.

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