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Care of the older person
Emotional supportive care for first-degree relatives of deceased people with COVID-19: an important but neglected issue
  1. Saivash Moradi
  1. Evidence Based Clinical Fellowship, Education Development Center, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari 4815733971, Iran
  1. Correspondence to Professor Saivash Moradi, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences Faculty of Medicine, Sari 4815733971, Iran; d.smor86{at}

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Commentary on: Mayland CR, Hughes R, Lane S, et al. Are public health measures and individualised care compatible in the face of a pandemic? A national observational study of bereaved relatives' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Palliat Med 2021:2692163211019885

Implications for practice and research

  • The psychological burden of COVID-19 not only threatens healthy people at risk or those with the disease, but also affects the first-degree relatives of the deceased.

  • The role of the healthcare system in reducing the psychological and emotional burden among the first-degree relatives of the deceased is an issue that needs further research.


Nearly 18 months after the onset of the horrific COVID-19 pandemic, the disease kills thousands of people daily around the world. The deceased from COVID-19 are distributed in different age groups, so they have different roles in family relationships …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.