We need to grieve together

We need to grieve as a country and as a world. We have lost so many vibrant people, old and young, to this pandemic, often dying alone without loved ones at their side. Telling their stories, and listening without judgment is deeply important. This trauma and grief will live with us as a people for a long time. As a nation and as a world we need to grieve together. Frontline healthcare workers who have survived are deeply traumatized. Much work is needed to help them work through this trauma of holding hands with the dying while their loved ones are not permitted to be with them. Maybe they can be virtually present on a phone or tablet. It is left to the nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, palliative care team, to be with so many who are dying alone. They in turn need and will need tremendous ongoing support.