How to Navigate End of Life During a Pandemic

A guide to pre-planning, loss and grief in the age of COVID-19

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Liz Eddy

No matter the world events, Lantern is here to guide you through life, before and after a death. COVID19 has added a layer of complexity to this process from enforcing limits on funerals to increasing feelings of isolation after a loss. It has also forced many to face their own mortality and seek ways to be better prepared. 

So, we created this resource hub to help navigate each piece of the process in the time of COVID19. We will continue to add more services and articles as they surface. And, as always, feel free to share suggestions in the chat (lower corner of your screen) or by email: [email protected].

Of course, Lantern continues to be here for your pre-planning, funeral, and post-funeral planning needs. You can find many of the resources listed below embedded within our checklists. Start your free checklist here. We’re here for you. 


  • Write a will.
  • Store your passwords in a digital vault that allows access by beneficiaries in case of emergency. We recommend 1Password but you can also use Lastpass. This is important for things like account closures and your digital legacy
  • Confirm you have a life insurance policy, it’s up to date, and you (and your beneficiaries) know how to find the policy.
  • Start a conversation. Talking about end of life planning can be hard. Here's how to talk to your parents about it. Parents struggling to talk to your kids about death? Try these tips. Want to talk about mortality more generally? Here's a great place to start
  • And, if you can't be with a dying family member, here are some tips to navigate the process. 

Funeral Planning

Adult Grief

Childrens’ / Family Grief

Supporting Others

  • Check in virtually or, if you’re not certain of what to say, try writing it down and mailing it. Save the death anniversary and person’s birthdate in your calendar so that you can reach out on important milestone dates. 
  • If you want to send something monetary, consider a restaurant gift card or a grocery delivery to allow for future use. 
  • Offer to help with needed tasks (i.e. set up virtual memorial service, contact family/friends, create a memorial website).
  • Here's a list of things to do when you're not sure what to do. 
  • Coordinate help for a friend or family member using Savo or GiveInKind
  • Send a thoughtful gift designed for someone experiencing a loss. Check out our shop here.

Mental Health Support

  • Crisis Text Line: Free, 24/7 support via SMS. Text 741741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor. 
  • Better Help: Get connected with an online therapist. 
  • The Mighty: engage in a community based on shared experiences. 
  • Shine is an app and community for people dealing with stress and anxiety.
  • Headspace for guided meditations or Calm for better sleep.
Categories: Planning Ahead, Managing a Death, Grief, COVID 19, Supporting Someone Who's Grieving, Funeral Planning

Lantern provides guidance and support for navigating life before and after a death.

If you're looking to manage a loss, check out Lantern's after-loss services. Or, if you're looking to prepare your own just-in-case plan, check out Lantern's digital pre-plans.

For more articles on grief, loss, and pre-planning, see all Lantern articles.