COVID - 19 Resources and information
Red Cross offers virtual care for families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19
In order to provide support to families and communities who have suffered loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Red Cross has developed a Virtual Family Assistance Center (VFAC).
Residents can visit https://www.redcross.org/virtual-family-assistance-center.html to access this resource with special virtual programs, information, referrals and services to support families in need. The VFAC will also connect people to other community resources that may be provided when available. People without internet access can call toll-free 833-492-0094 for help.
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 coping skills
- 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