Exploring the Bereavement Experience Due to COVID-19 Death Among Arabs in Israel

Anwar Khatib, Fareeda Abo-Rass, Ahmad Khatib

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This study examined the experience of bereavement because of COVID-19 among the Arab minority in Israel, based on the two-track model of grief, using a qualitative approach. The data was collected in an in-depth interview with 34 participants representing the three religions in the Arab population in Israel, approximately 1 year after the loss occurred. The findings revealed that most participants reported returning to their previous function almost completely, exclusively in the field of work. However, they reported decreased social functioning and feelings of loneliness and sadness, and some reported manifestations of active and traumatic grief. Some findings may create a false impression that the mourners have gone through the loss process and returned to normal. However, the current study’s findings refute this conclusion, which requires appropriate treatment from health professionals.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOmega: Journal of Death and Dying
Early online date30 Jun 2023
StateE-pub ahead of print - 30 Jun 2023

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  • Arab minority
  • COVID-19
  • Israel
  • bereavement
  • two-track model of grief

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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