Key considerations: dying, bereavement and mortuary and funerary practices in the context of COVID-19

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The brief was developed for the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP) by Anthrologica and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) with input from colleagues from York University, and Bath University. It was reviewed by colleagues at Colgate University, University of Sussex and L’Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD). The brief is the responsibility of the SSHAP.

This brief sets out key considerations for events related to death, burial, funerals (rites, ceremonies and practices) and mourning in the context of the global outbreak of the COVID-19. Further participatory inquiry should be undertaken, but given ongoing transmission, conveying key considerations for adapted end-of-life, mortuary, burial and funeral practices and related community engagement have been prioritised. The brief aims to provide practical considerations for partners working in the COVID-19 response. It is based on a rapid review of existing published and grey literature including insight and learning from other epidemics and infectious disease outbreaks. It should be read in conjunction with related SSHAP briefs on quarantine, physical distancing, and information in the online media.

This document is part of a Collection of similar guidelines entitled "Covid-19 : guidelines supporting healthcare systems". This Collection is part of a series of Collections supporting response to Covid-19. Collections are monitored daily and new content is added.