Title: Nurturing Hope Post-COVID-19: Parental Death and Bereavement Among Malaysian Children
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Nursahira Sahiba Mohd Sabri, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Nur Atikah Mohamed Hussin , Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Parental death due to COVID-19 is an unexpected event that tremendously affects individuals, especially children. Parents’ sudden and traumatic death can lead to traumatic grief among children. To cope with the traumatic death, hope is reported to provide significant positive effects to help children to cope with their losses. Yet, this topic is scarcely discussed due to the taboo of death and bereavement discussion among Malaysian. This conceptual paper will discuss topics on parental death due to COVID-19, the effects of the losses among children, and hope intervention in coping with the losses. Promoting hope-based intervention can be promising but the implementation can be tricky as not many professional providers are trained to practice it. Therefore, this paper is important to assist the existing professional providers and the policymakers to address, tackling and empower the children who lost their parents due to COVID-19 to ensure better health and wellbeing among society as a whole.
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