In Grenada, every evening on local television, the obituaries are read.
Each name represents not only their death but also people touched by their lives. During the first surge of Covid cases, many people died. Grief, especially sudden, can cause Post Traumatic Stress.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a term commonly attached to some soldiers who, after returning home from being deployed, experience intense feelings and experiences. These range from flashbacks, distressing memories, ongoing fear, feelings of shame, angry outbursts to deep sadness. A person experiencing loss can be impacted the same way. Additionally, the need to adhere to protocols impacted cultural and traditional grieving rituals, such as the prohibited church services, visiting the bereaved, to not being permitted to be with them in their final moments.
Central Health-Grenada interviewed Clinical Psychologist, Dr Augustine Panchoo on the matter of grief and PTSD as part of its October series entitled, “Grief, Grenada & Covid.” During the interview, Dr Panchoo’s discourse unpacked startling facts about death’s effects on the human mind.
Central Health-Grenada extends condolences to families who have lost someone due to Covid or other causes. It is the hope this October series can help someone.
Central Health-Grenada is a grassroots initiative. Its purpose is to educate nationals about chronic non-communicable diseases. As Covid-19 has devastating effects on persons with pre-existing conditions, Central Health-Grenada felt it important to highlight its impact on those most at risk.