Dr. Ellen Richardson and the Rev. Deacon Mary Alice Jones talk about managing grief during COVID-19

On Friday, April 24, 2020, we explored the magnitude of grief related to the new coronavirus, with a specific focus on caregivers, including healthcare workers and those caring for children, elders or family members along with the Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson, author of Holy Dying and the Rev. Deacon Mary Alice Jones from the Episcopal Diocese of Montana. Our discussion went beyond normal self-care conversations to explore the theological, spiritual and practical concerns of those who are grieving while caring for others.

At the end of the discussion, our panelists shared different ways they have been practicing self-care. Here’s what they said: playing music, reciting from the Book of Common Prayer, reading the Psalms, gardening, singing the doxology while hand washing and expressing boundaries with loved ones when one is not able to take on someone else’s grief. We invite everyone to try any of the listed practices, and to check out our Bible Studies.


For anyone seeking help, here are some resources available to you:

  • Church Pension Group Employee Assistance Program
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: 1-800-662-4357
  • AA Meeting Locator: 1-844-334-6862
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • For all other life threatening emergencies, please dial 911.


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