Coping with COVID-19

“Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world. COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness.” –

Coping with the changes that COVID-19 has made in our world can be very difficult. Public health requirements for physical distancing has impacted health care, social relationships, and our economy. While we have never had to deal with a pandemic on this scale before, there is a large body of research supporting coping options for dealing with change. Please explore resources below.

Coping with COVID-19


  • The Illinois Cognitive Resources Network started #WordsOfComfort to bring us together during the COVID-19 crisis. Here is a place to share words of support, advice, and comfort as we move through this time. We hope these words of comfort help each of us to know that we are not alone.

  • Please email to add your #WordsOfComfort.


Rush Center for Excellence in Aging Co-Director Dr. Erin Emery-Tiburcio gave a webinar, “Grief and Loss: Caring for Yourself and Supporting Others” on May 16, 2020 in partnership with Rush Community Health Engagement and Equity (CHEE). Watch a recording of the webinar HERE. Additional resources related to this webinar are below:

Tasks of Grieving handout

Grief Resource List

Listen to a 10-minute video by Dr. Erin Emery-Tiburcio discussing ways that we can all work on the Tasks of Grieving as we cope with grief over the loss of a normal life in the face of pandemic.