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Covid-19 resource guide

covid19 care & inform

The Irish Hospice Foundation librarian has collated resources on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) including government, national and international healthcare websites, and resources made available by publishers to facilitate international research.


  • Bereavement and Grief

COVID-19 Care & Inform series by the Irish Hospice Foundation

A Guide for the bereaved during the Covid-19 pandemic,


Video for bereaved parents, Anam Cara

A Guide for the Bereaved during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Citizen’s Information Death and Bereavement

Guidance for Bereavement Support provided by Specialist Palliative Care Social Workers in Ireland, 2019

Grief in the Time of COVID-19 by Susan Cadell

  • Children

Parent Support Line, Barnardos

Barnardos: Guidance for Parents When Talking To Your Child About Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Barnardos Issues Parental Guidance To Maintain Digital Wellbeing

HSE approved disability resources, HSE

Helping Children Grieve During COVID-19 Restrictions at Irish Childhhood Bereavement Network

Rainbows Ireland – Supporting Children with Bereavement

COVID-19 UPDATE, Laura Lynn


Talking to Children and Young People about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Advice for Parents and Schools

  • Funerals

Guidance for funeral directors by HSPC

Guidance for funeral directors by the Irish Association of Funeral Directors

Funeral Guidance, Citzens Information

Registering a death, Citzens Information

  • Guidance for the Public/Government

European Commission – the coronavirus response team

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Dashboard showing the latest stats and information

  • Healthcare (including hospitals)

Helpline, Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland

Cocooning with COPD, COPD Support Ireland

Covid19 guidance for Healthcare Workers, HPSC

Physician Wellbeing COVID-19: Health and wellbeing support for doctor, RCPI

High-risk categories for COVID-19 and their distribution by county in Republic of Ireland, TILDA

TILDA Report on Population Estimates of Physical Frailty in Ireland to Inform Demographics for Over 50s in Ireland during the COVID-19 Pandemic, TILDA

Regulatory assessment framework of the preparedness of designated centres for older people for a COVID19 outbreak, HIQA

Covid-19 Quality and Safety video series, RCPI

Guidance for Medical Social Workers Responding to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Irish Association of Social Workers

Video explaining cocooning,
Resources for people with dementia, their families and carers,

Irish sign language videos,

European Association of Hospital Pharmacists

Guidance resources by HPSC

Guidance for funeral directors by HPSC

Guidance for Vulnerable Groups Settings by HPSC

Occupational Health Guidance by HPSC

Guidance for GP Primary Care Settings by HPSC

Guidance for healthcare workers by HPSC

Preliminary Clinical and Infection Control Guidance for COVID-19 in Nurse-led Residential Care Facilities (RCF)

Guidance for healthcare Professionals by Public Health Agency (N Ireland)

Framework for ethical decision making in a pandemic by Department of Health

Ireland’s response to COVID-19 by Department of Health

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information & Advice by Family Carers Ireland

Specific COVID landing page at HSE Library Service

HSE Communication guide for difficult conversations during COVID 19

Ethical Framework for Decision Making in a Pandemic by HSE

Hospital service disruptions and visiting restrictions (COVID-19)

FAQs, HSE Disability Personnel and Clinicians/ NAI [Disabilities Coordination Committee]

Creating a Back-up Plan at Care Alliance Ireland

COVID-Ready Communication Skills, Vital Talk

Covid-19 contingency plans, Irish Kidney Association

COVID-19 Guidance Information & resources, Nursing Homes Ireland

COVID-19 statement at Irish Medical Organisation

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Irish College of General Practitioners

All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association


  • Intellectual disability

Helping Those With Intellectual Disabilities, Cheeverstown

Dr Philip Dodd presentation at Front Line Ireland

Article by Dr John McEvoy at Front Line Ireland

Dr Philip Dodd presentation St. Michael’s House, Dublin (Dr Philip Dodd)

  • Mental health resources

Online Group Therapy and for Online Assessment & Testing, Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI)

COVID-19: Supporting Families of Young People with Mental Illness, College of Psychiatrists Ireland

‘Five ways, five days’ video supports, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare

Mental Wellbeing Campaign,

Practice During Covid-19 Outbreak FAQs, Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Guidelines on the use of online therapy, Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI)

IACP Recommended Approach for Online Counselling and Psychotherapy, Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak, WHO

How to cope with Covid-19 anxiety, RCSI’s Prof Ciaran O’Boyle’s article in the Irish Times

Minding your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak, HSE

Your Mental Health, HSE

Mindfulness meditations from Beaumont Hospital Mindfulness and Relaxation Centre, RCSI

Mental Health Ireland

  • Palliative (including hospice)

Ireland Advance Care Planning online course, RCPI

Hope, Hints and “How To” – Helping you respond to living and dying issues during COVID-19, N Ireland Social Care Council

Resources for Palliative Care Nurses in COVID-19, All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care

What you can do to practically care for someone who is in their last days and hours of life, HSE

Guidance documents for professionals, Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland

All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care

Video Resources, Voices4Care

Professional Palliative Hub

Coronavirus and the palliative care response, European Association for Palliative Care

Night Nursing, Irish Cancer Society

United Kingdom

  • Bereavement and Grief

Time to talk befriending

Support during your bereavement journey, NHS London Clinical Networks

Coronavirus: dealing with bereavement and grief

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, Public Health England

The psychological needs of healthcare staff as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, British Psychological Society

  • Children

Supporting children and young people living with bereavement, St Nicholas Hospice

  • Funerals

Guidance/Advice, National Association of Funeral Directors

Questions about funerals and the coronavirus (COVID-19), The Art of Dying Well [St Mary’s University, London]

  • Healthcare (includes hospitals)

Alzheimer’s Disease International: Advice and support during COVID-19, Patient Safety Learning

COVID-19 e-learning programme. Programme is free to access for the entire UK health and care workforce, Health Education England

How to work safely in care homes, Public Health England

Guidance for Health Professionals, Healthcare Infection Society (HIS)

Wellbeing for health professionals, RCPCH Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

NICE UK Rapid Guidelines and Evidence Review on COVID-19

Advice on COVID-19 (coronavirus), Northern Ireland HSC Public Health Agency

CORONAVIRUS: COVID-19 resources hub, The Royal College of Pathologists

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)resources, Public Health England

Links to Coronavirus Guidance Materials

Guidance for health professionals, Department of Health, England – guidance for healthcare professionals

European Association of Hospital Pharmacists

COVID-19: Effective communication for professionals, EC4Health

National UK programme of community health workers for COVID-19 response, The Lancet

COVID-19: Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in care homes, British Geriatrics Society

Coronavirus (covid-19): Latest news and resources, BMJ

COVID-19: Visiting restrictions across our hospitals, University Hospital Southamption

Care of the Adult Patient following Death (Last Offices) SOP, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber

Advice for Clinicians, NHS Blood and Transplant Service

Overview from NHS UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government guidance for social or community care and residential settings

Latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland

Information for the public and health professionals advising patients, Health Protection Scotland

Information about coronavirus, AgeUK

Maintaining John’s Campaign Principles through the Coronavirus outbreak: Care Homes, Dementia Care

  • Intellectual disability

Palliative care for people with intellectual disabilities: the EAPC White Paper in a nutshell

Palliative care and end of life care and bereavement for people with ID, Prof Irene Tuffrey-Wijne home page

Supporting bereaved people with learning disabilities

  • Mental Health resources

Covid 19 FAQs, IACP

COVID-19 Coping and Wellbeing free online resource, 4 Mental Health (co-funded by NHS England)

New guidance for psychological professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic, BPS

Managing mental health challenges faced by healthcare workers during covid-19 pandemic

COVID-19 frontline healthcare workers at risk of mental health problems, Medical News Today

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, Public Health England

Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (Covid-19), Public Health England

  • Palliative

End of Life Care in Frailty, British Geriatrics Society

Caring for your dying relative at home with COVID-19, Hospice UK

Deathbed etiquette and the Coronavirus, The Art of Dying Well

Talking together about dying, St Nicholas Hospice

Guidance for professionals, Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland

Scottish Partnership Agency for Palliative and Cancer Care

Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines, NHS Scotland

End of Life care, NHS Scotland

Important Information if you’re planning to visit a hospice, Marie Curie UK

Guidance if you’re affected by terminal illness, Marie Curie UK

Coronavirus guidance, Hospice UK

Advance Care Planning, BBC

How to begin conversations about dying, Royal College of Physicians (UK)

Resource hub, Royal College of General Practitioners

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on visiting the Hospice and helping us to keep our patients safe, Kirkwood Hospice

Support from an End of LIfe Doula (for patients and their carers / family / friends), End of Life Doula UK


  • Bereavement and Grief

How the Discomfort of Grief Can Help Us: Recognizing and Adapting to Loss During the COVID-19 Outbreak, Harvard School of Public Health

Coronavirus: Recognising disenfranchised grief amid COVID-19, Monash University (Ontario)

Facilitating Goodbyes, End of Life Care Essentials, Australia

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

Telehealth Services, The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

COVID-19 Resources, What’s Your Grief

  • Children

Caring for Kids After Trauma, Disaster and Death: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS, The New York University Child Study Center

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents Amidst the COVID-19 Outbreak, National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Take Care of Yourself, National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Addressing the Psychological and Emotional Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Children, Families and Healthcare Staff, Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress

How to Talk to Youth About COVID-19, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Supporting Homebound Children, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

  • Funerals

CDC Coronavirus Guidance for Funeral Directors, NFDA

10 Ideas for Funerals and Memorials When You Can’t Be Together, What’s Your Grief

  • Healthcare

Ethics and COVID-19: resource allocation and priority-setting, WHO

COVID-19 and communicating with patients, Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand

Over 25 resources for healthcare facilities, with a focus on hand hygiene, contact transmission, surface cleaning and other related topics, The Centre for Health Design

COVID-19 Resources for Healthcare Facilities

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

Resources for health professionals, including aged care providers, pathology providers and healthcare managers, Australian Government Department of Health

Health and aged care workers, Australian Government Department of Health

Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak, WHO

New Rapid Evidence Synthesis Collection for COVID-19, McMaster University

Quality Assessment of Community Evidence (QACE) Tools, McMaster University

Resources to support community and institutional Long-Term Care responses to COVID-19, International Long-Term Care Policy Network

Changes to visiting policy, New York Presbyterian Hospital

COVID-19 and Organ Donation, Eurotransplant Service (NB Ireland isn’t listed)

  • Mental Health resources

Coping With Coronavirus: Managing Stress, Fear, and Anxiety, National Institutes of Health (NIH) – GovDelivery

Managing Stress and Anxiety, CDC

Briefing Note on Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak, WHO

Care of the Soul in the Time of COVID-19, Psychiatric Times

Complete resources, Psychiatric Times

Managing Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak, National Center for PTSD

For Providers and Community Leaders, National Center for PTSD

For Health Care Workers, National Center for PTSD

COVID-19 Resources, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Helplines Related to COVID-19 and Mental Health, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

ESTSS Statement on COVID-19, European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS)

Mental Health Europe

Mental Health And COVID-19 – Information And Resources, Mental Health America

Public Responses to the Novel 2019 Coronavirus (2019‐nCoV) in Japan: Mental Health Consequences and Target Populations, Japanese Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (JSTSS)

  • Palliative

#ComComCovid resources and initiatives from all over the world, Public Health Palliative Care International

Quick Guide for Virtual Care, National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), USA

Navigating the Impact of COVID-19 in Palliative Care, The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

Coronavirus and the palliative care response, European Association of Palliative Care

List of resources relevant to palliative care and COVID-19, with links to websites and documents published by academia, civil society organizations, member states and special agencies of the United Nations, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care

Information from affected countries and important sources, including a list of palliative care related guidelines and publications, EAPC: Coronavirus and the palliative care response

Resources including crisis communication, Centre to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) COVID-19 Response Resources Toolkit

  • Patients

COVID-19 Resources for Patients, McLean Hospital

COVID-19: What Older Adults Need to Know, Patient Safety Movement

WHO Daily Situation Reports

Information produced by Journal

COVID-19 Lessons: The Alignment of Palliative Medicine and Trauma-Informed Care, Jnl of Pain & Symptom Management

Collection of articles highlights all content published across the PLOS journals relating to the COVID-19/SARS-Coronavirus-2 pandemic in 2019-20

Cochrane Special Collections – Coronavirus (COVID-19): evidence relevant to critical care, PLOS ONE

Special Collection: Coronavirus (COVID-19): infection control and prevention measures
This Special Collection is one of two collections on COVID-19, and it focuses on evidence relevant to critical care

Wolters Kluwer – Access to clinical content on COVID-19

PubMed – COVID Articles

COVID trending articles

Latest articles on coronavirus, Europe PMC

Latest articles on coronavirus, NEJM Journal Watch

Latest articles on coronavirus, NEJM Physicians First Watch
Resource Centre, The Lancet

Disaster-related bereavement: A study of long-term mental health effects and interventions, Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies

Daubman et al., (2019) Journal of International Humanitarian Action 4:10, Advice on how to talk with dying patients and their families after humanitarian crises

Latest research information, National Institutes of Health (USA)

Latest public health information, National Institutes of Health (USA)

Coronavirus (covid-19): Latest news and resources, BMJ [British Medical Journal)

Harvard Business Review

Emerald Publishing

We can’t be squeamish about death. We need to confront our worst fears, The Guardian

Temporary morgues being set up across UK amid rising Covid-19 deaths, The Guardian

Written by The First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine to share their experience and lessons learned from fighting Covid-19, Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment

4 Ethical dilemnas for healthcare organisations during COVID-19 pandemic, Health Leaders

Liebert Portfolio (publisher of Journal of Palliative Medicine) have provded a direct link to access all coronavirus-related research within the Liebert portfolio: for EAPC members, Sage Journals

  • Scientific Journal Publisher Collections 

Medical research as well as social and behavioral research to help decision-makers deal with the outbreak and its aftermath.

Liebert Portfolio (publisher of Journal of Palliative Medicine) have provded a direct link to access all coronavirus-related research within the Liebert portfolio: for EAPC members, Liebert

SAGE (publisher of Palliative Medicine) have created a microsite with free-to-read medical research from SAGE related to the virus as well as social and behavioral research to help decision-makers deal with the outbreak and its impact, Sage Journals

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has provided a collection of free papers regarding COVID epidemic, New England Journal of Medicine

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has produced a COVID-19 collection, including Q&As, JAMA 

The British Medical Journal has a page covering of the coronavirus outbreak from across the BMJ’s journals and learning resources., BMJ [British Medical Journal)

Recent content from BMC and SpringerOpen journals relevant to coronavirus research, as well as additional commentary on this topic, has been shared by the publisher  , BMC and Springer Open Journals

Engaging with bereaved relatives: seeking their views about the quality of care provided to their family member in the last days of life, EAPC – article by Dr Catriona Mayland

Listing of publications at the intersection of Coronavirus and palliative and end of life care, University of Cambridge