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Letters Covid grief has cracked us open

Covid grief: medical examiner’s office could be central point of access for counselling and support services

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 29 September 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n2378
  1. Alan J Kevern, consultant in acute medicine, medical examiner in bereavement services
  1. Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
  1. alan.kevern{at}

The covid-19 pandemic has shaken the lives of every person in virtually all aspects. We should take a moment to reflect on the impact it has had on all aspects of death, too.

Working as medical examiner during the pandemic has been a career milestone. I have painful memories of piles of notes on my desk, each with a death …

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