1st Edition

Death, Grief and Loss in the Context of COVID-19

Edited By Panagiotis Pentaris Copyright 2021
    300 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    300 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides detailed analysis of the manifold ways in which COVID-19 has influenced death, dying and bereavement.

    Through three parts: Reconsidering Death and Grief in Covid-19; Institutional Care and Covid-19; and the Impact of COVID-19 in Context, the book explores COVID-19 as a reminder of our own and our communities’ fragile existence, but also the driving force for discovering new ways of meaning-making, performing rites and rituals, and conceptualising death, grief and life. Contributors include scholars, researchers, policymakers and practitioners, accumulating in a multi-disciplinary, diverse and international set of ideas and perspectives that will help the reader examine closely how Covid-19 has invaded social life and (re)shaped trauma and loss.

    It will be of interest to all scholars and students of death studies, biomedicine, and end of life care as well as those working in sociology, social work, medicine, social policy, cultural studies, anthropology, psychology, counselling and nursing more broadly.

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    Introduction: Capturing the beginning of a long journey of loss, trauma and grief Panagiotis Pentaris

    PART 1: Reconsidering Death and Grief in Covid-19

    Chapter 1. Familiarity with death
    Panagiotis Pentaris and Kate Woodthorpe

    Chapter 2: Grief in the COVID-19 pandemic
    Kenneth Doka

    Chapter 3: Apocalypse now: COVID-19 and the crisis of meaning
    Robert Neimeyer, Evgenia Milman and Sherman Lee

    Chapter 4: Physically distant but socially connected: Streaming funerals, memorials and ritual design during COVID-19
    Stacey Pitsillides and Jayne Wallace

    Chapter 5: Social death in 2020: Covid-19, which lives matter and which deaths count?
    Jana Králová

    PART 2: Institutional Care and Covid-19

    Chapter 6: End-of-life decision-making in the context of a pandemic
    Natalie Pattison and Lucy Ryan

    Chapter 7: NHS Values, Ritual, Religion, and Covid-19 Death
    Douglas Davies

    Chapter 8: Non-COVID-19 related dying and death during the pandemic
    Wai Yee Chee, Samuel Wang, Winnie Teo, Melissa Fong, Andy Lee and Woon Chai Yong

    Chapter 9: Covid-19 and care home deaths and harms: A case study from the UK
    Alisoun Milne

    Chapter 10: Impact of Covid-19 on mental health and associated losses
    Manju Shahul-Hameed, John Foster, Gina Finnerty and Panagiotis Pentaris

    Chapter 11: Assisted dying and Covid-19
    Theo Boer and Kevin Yuill

    PART 3: Impact of COVID-19 in Context

    Chapter 12: Losing touch? Older people and COVID-19
    Renske Claasje Visser

    Chapter 13: Between cultural necrophilia and African American activism: life and loss in the age of COVID
    Kami Fletcher and Tamara Waraschinski

    Chapter 14: The biopolitics and stigma of the HIV and Covid-19 Pandemics
    Jason Schaub

    Chapter 15: Suicide in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
    Mohammed Mamun and Jannatul Mawa Misti

    Chapter 16: Death and dying during the COVD-19 pandemic: The Indian context
    Apurva Kumar Pandya and Khyati Tripathi


    Panagiotis Pentaris is an Associate Professor of Social Work and Thanatology in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Greenwich, London, England, UK, where he is also a member of the Institute for Lifecourse Development, an internationally recognised Institute focusing on interdisciplinary research across the lifespan. Pentaris is a council member for the Association for the Study of Death and Society, and over the last ten years he has researched and published on death, dying, bereavement, culture and religion, social work, social policy and LGBTQIA+ issues.