Covid Matters


The journey to Scotland’s Covid Memorial: Alec Finlay on Long Covid, ME, the importance of pacing and recuperation, and the role art can play in collective recovery

Renowned Scottish artist and poet Alec Finlay has had an intimate knowledge of – and relationship with – chronic illness since he became ill with M.E. at 21, with it informing and shaping his work. In an expansive and thoughtful conversation for our podcast Covid Matters he spoke to us about how this shaped his debilitating experience of Long Covid – and how his work on Scotland’s Covid Memorial will provide a space for recuperation and to collectively reflect on how our experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic have shaped us.

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  • Find more information about Scotland’s Covid Memorial – including details of the collaborative workshops taking place – on the I Remember blog.

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Bereavement and End of Life Care during the Covid-19 pandemic

In this episode of Covid Matters we talk to Dr Emily Harrop, a Marie Curie Research Fellow at Cardiff University who specialises in palliative care. She is currently working as the Co-Principal Investigator in the national ‘Bereavement During Covid-19’ study, looking into people’s experiences of bereavement and the support services they have access to during the coronavirus pandemic. We spoke to Emily to find out more about this study and the findings so far.At the time of recording, Emily was beginning to analyse the first round of responses from the 7 month survey. She explains that a particular challenge in their method of study is that the situation is ongoing, and restrictions are changeable. She said, “it's strange, because you have to also take into account the changing context. Some people’s loved ones will have died in full lockdown, others have experienced death during a period where things had opened-up again. So, we’ve had to take that into account when looking at the results and analysis.”Emily also reminds us of the sad reality of the situation when looking at the statistics – that no one in this study ends up better off. “It's been a terrible time for everyone so I don't want to try and make out that it's been better for some groups than others. The overriding message is that it's been such a tough time for all people who've lost family members during the pandemic.”You can find out more about the Bereavement During Covid-19 study here.Find covid:aid on social media @covidaidcharity or on our website at: can listen to Covid Matters on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Acast, and wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts.Music by Asepirawan20 from Pixabay