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Coping with Grief: How to Deal with Feelings of Loss Due to the Pandemic and Other Causes


A defining element of the coronavirus pandemic is grief—not only for the loss of loved ones who have died of COVID-19, but for loss of: livelihood, relationships, milestones, security. Now, added to the pandemic, are the feelings of grief and pain over the deaths due to racial injustice that are propelling protests nationwide. We will discuss how grief affects people, ways to handle grief—and ways to support others who are grieving.


Linda Durst, chief medical officer, Maine Behavioral Healthcare; chair, department of psychiatry, Maine Medical Center

Amy Dulac, bereavement coordinator, Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice

Catharine Murray (call-in), author, poet, speaker, writing guide; she leads workshops on grief and healing; she wrote a memoir, "Now You See the Sky," about the loss of her son


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.