MEDFORD, Mass. (June 15) — The American Red Cross of Massachusetts is launching a Virtual
Family Assistance Center to support families struggling with loss and grief due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Families and organizations in need can use this link to access a support hub with special virtual programs, information, referrals and support services. The hub will also connect people to other community resources provided by the Red Cross of Massachusetts and
other partners. Those without internet access can call 833-492-0094 for help.
“Losing a loved one due to COVID-19 is devastating,” said Holly Grant, Massachusetts Regional Chief Executive Officer. “Not only have these families experienced the unexpected passing of a loved one, but they are also facing additional challenges caused by this public health emergency. We want them to know hat the Red Cross is here to provide compassion and support as they grieve.”
Many families have experienced a disrupted bereavement and grief process due to restrictions related to COVID-19. To help, the Red Cross has set up a virtual team of specially trained mental health, spiritual care and health services volunteers who are:
- Connecting with families over the phone to offer condolences, support and access to resources that may be available
- Providing support for virtual memorial services
for families, including connecting with local faith-based community partners
- Hosting online classes to foster resilience and facilitate
- Sharing information and referrals to state and local
agencies as well as other community organizations including legal resources for estate, custody, immigration or other issues
All Family Assistance Center support will be provided virtually and is completely confidential and free of charge.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on
volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/ma or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossMA.