As COVID-19 has left its trail of devastation around the world, many of us have tragically lost loved ones to the pandemic and are now in the process of trying to pick up the pieces. 

If you lost a loved one to COVID-19, you may be wondering what steps you should take to best handle the aftermath of the situation during a confusing and emotionally challenging time. You may also be seeking to find out if you are eligible for any forms of financial compensation or relief. 

We have put together a guide to help you navigate this difficult time, in which we outline various steps you should take to best respond to this crisis. 

1. See If You Might Qualify for Financial Relief or Compensation 

According to the requirements of a covered countermeasure, you may qualify for compensation or relief that falls under the category of a covered countermeasure. 

But first, what is a covered countermeasure? 

A covered countermeasure includes various materials or resources such as a vaccination, medication, device or other tiem used to diagnose, prevent or treat a declared pandemic, epidemic or security threat. 

So now you may be asking, would materials used to diagnose, prevent or treat COVID-19 fall under the category of a covered countermeasure? 

Yes, possibly. 

If you or a loved one sustained injuries, other adverse side effects or death after use of various materials used to diagnose, prevent or treat COVID-19, you or your loved one’s injuries may fall under the category of a covered countermeasure. According to Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP) as part of HRSA (Health Resources & Services Administration), declarations have been issued for medical countermeasures against COVID-19 and you or a loved one may therefore qualify for financial compensation or relief. 

2. Review and Download the Checklist of Steps to Take When You Lose a Loved One

Losing a loved one is always an emotionally difficult and confusing situation to undergo. Losing a loved one due to the circumstances of a pandemic such as COVID-19 can add complexity to an already challenging time. 

As you are grieving, and handling your loved one’s personal affairs and end-of-life arrangements, you may be unsure what steps you should take. 

We have compiled a checklist outlining the steps you should take after losing a loved one including immediately after death, following the funeral and memorial services, and the final steps.

Dealing with the logistics of planning end-of-life affairs and arrangements can be complicated. Having a checklist at your disposal to follow the steps you need to take can help lessen the burden of keeping track of minutiae and details — and direct your focus on mourning your loved one, honoring their life and legacy, as well as feel some peace of mind. 

3. Create an Homage to Your Loved One to Celebrate their Legacy 

Losing a loved one is one of the most challenging emotional experiences one can face. As you are grieving and coordinating your loved one’s personal affairs, funeral, memorial services, you may be wondering about other things you can do to pay tribute to your loved one to honor their life and legacy.

Making an obituary for your loved one will help you create an enduring, lasting reminder of your loved one’s life story and legacy, a precious reminder of your loved one, that you, surviving family members and other loved ones can appreciate for years to come. An obituary includes important personal information of your loved one such as their name, their birth date, date of  their passing, relationships to various family members, and other vital family information. It can outline special details about their unique life story, including accomplishments, and life highlights as a lasting tribute to the person they were. The information in an obituary can also offer important pieces of family history that will be deeply meaningful and valuable to you, surviving family members, loved ones and future generations in building the legacy of your family and family tree.