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The team at Canadian Virtual Hospice has gathered links on COVID-19 that may be useful to people working in healthcare and to members of the public who are living with an advanced illness or who are caring for someone with an advanced illness. These resources are not a substitute for medical advice. This page will be updated on an ongoing basis. Suggest a resource

For healthcare providers

Symptom management and planning

Continuous Palliative Sedation Therapy (CPST) Protocol for COVID-19 Pandemic

Division of Palliative Care, McMaster University

Managing Expected Death in the Home During COVID-19

Ontario Palliative Care Network

Pediatrics and children


COVID-19 Critical Conversation for Acute Hospital Staff (video)

End of Life Essentials: Education for Acute Hospitals (AUS)

COVID-19 Ready Communication Skills: A Playbook of VitalTalk Tips

Adapted for Alberta Health Services from VitalTalk


Alberta Health Services

A Conversation Tool for Clinicians: Adaptation for COVID-19

BC Cancer adapted from Adriadne Labs and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Reference Guide for Clinicians: COVID-19 Adaptation

Serious Ilness Care Program Resource (BC Cancer)

Social work

Working with families facing undesired outcomes during the COVID-19 crisis

Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN)

Resources for hospice and palliative care social work professionals

Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN)

Spiritual Care/Chaplains

Palliative Spiritual Care & COVID-19

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE): The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education



Canadian Nursing Association and uOttawa

Grief webinars

COVID-19 and Non-Death Loss

Association for Death Education and Counseling (USA)

ADEC in Conversation: Coronavirus 2019

Association for Death Education and Counseling (USA)

Grief related journal articles

Grief During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Considerations for Palliative Care Providers

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (July, 2020)

Self care

Pandemic wellness toolkit

Canadian Medical Association

Journal articles

Pandemic palliative care: beyond ventilators and saving lives

Canadian Medical Association Journal (March 31, 2020)

Coronavirus COVID-19 Resource Collection

New England Journal of Medicine

Palliating a Pandemic: "All Patients Must Be Cared For"

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (Feb, 2010)

Palliative Care in Toronto during the COVID-19 pandemic

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (Feb, 2021)

Webinars and podcasts

Palliative practice and COVID-19: Life and work in the time of COVID-19 (May 4, 2020: Webinar)

Canadian Virtual Hospice and Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians

Life and work in the time of COVID-19: The conversation continues (June, 2020)

Canadian Virtual Hospice and Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians

Resource pages

COVID-19 Rural Med List Serv Resources

Society of Rural Physicians of Canada

COVID-19 Toolkit

North Simcoe Muskoka Hospice Pallaitive Care Network

CAPC COVID-19 response resources

Center to Advance Palliative Care (USA)

COVID-19 Resources

Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA)

Palliative Care and COVID-19

PalliAGED Palliative Care Aged Care Evidence (AUS)

For caregivers and people living with illness

Supporting children and teens


Children and Youth Grief Network

COVID-19 Tip Sheet

Lighthouse: Peer Support for Grieving Children, Youth and their Families

COVID-19 Virtual Support

Lighthouse: Peer Support for Grieving Children, Youth and their Families

Children & Teenager's BIG FEELINGS: GRIEF

Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program

The Feelings Lab

Mackenzie Garrett

How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus Pandemic

Centre for Loss & Life Transition

Indigenous people

Long COVID symptoms or health concerns (Cree)

Alberta Health Services

COVID-19 (Cree)

Alberta Health Services

A Pandemic Planning Tool for First Nations Communities

First Nations Health Managers Association

COVID-19 Information for Healthcare Professionals

First Nations Health Authority

COVID-19 Support Services (telephone support)

Native Women's Association of Canada

Respiratory Health Tips with Dr. Horn

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

19 Things to do at Home - Adult

Morning Star Lodge

COVID-19 Infographics

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami National Organization

COVID-19 Printable Information Sheets

First Peoples Wellness Circle

The importance of First Nations specific COVID-19 data (April 3, 2020)

Dr. Marcia Anderson: First Nations Public Health MD (Manitoba)

Tips on shopping safely (April 3, 2020)

Dr. Marcia Anderson: First Nations Public Health MD (Manitoba)

Answering kids questions about COVID (April 4, 2020)

Dr. Marcia Anderson: First Nations Public Health MD (Manitoba)

People experiencing homelessness and social disadvantage

Grief and emotional health

Grieving during COVID-19

Canadian Virtual Hospice

Coping with COVID-19

Nova Scotia Health Authority

COVID-19: Mental health and well-being

Canadian Mental Health Association


Champlaincy Innovation Lab

When someone dies from coronavirus: a guide for family and carers

Beyond Words: Empowering People Through Pictures

How To Cope With Grief During A Pandemic

kpbs: Allison St. John & Brooke Ruth featuring Megan Devine

That discomfort you're feeling is grief

Harvard Business Review

Coronavirus and the Six Needs of Mourning

Center for Loss & Life Transition: Alan Wolfelt


Funerals in the Time of Coronavirus: Thoughts for Families

Center for Loss & Life Transition: Alan Wolfelt

Death, Grief and Funerals in the COVID Age

The Virtual Funeral Collective

Provincial and territory support links

Help in Tough Times

Alberta Health Services

Virtual Mental Health Supports During COVID-19

Government of British Columbia

Mental Health Virtual Therapy Program

Government of Manitoba

Mental health and coping during COVID-19

Government of New Brunswick

Mental Health and Wellness

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Mental health and social distancing

Government of Northwest Territories

Mental health and wellbeing

Government of Nova Scotia

COVID-19 Support for people

Government of Ontario

Mental Health and Addictions Services

Government of Prince Edward Island

Mental Health and COVID-19

Government of Saskatchewan

Webinars/podcasts/ted talks/videos

A Pandemic of Loss: Coronavirus and Grief

Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program

Grief and Loss Considerations during a pandemic

Grief Support Program, Alberta Health Services

Grieving the people we've loved and lost

Dr. Kim Bateman: Ted Talk

How do you help a grieving friend

Megan Devine: Refuge in Grief

Disclaimer: The links on this page are to selected medical and palliative care information, resources and services that focus on Covid-19 and that CVH believes could be helpful. CVH is not responsible for the content of any information, resources and services. Links are provided as a community resource, and are not intended in any way to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. None of this information or materials is intended to advocate for any course of treatment, medication, treatment protocol, equipment, or the use of any decision making process for the purpose of triaging patients.