Losing loved ones in times of Covid-19 - 'There is going to be a mental health pandemic after this'

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After dealing with Covid-19, people have to deal with their mental health.
After dealing with Covid-19, people have to deal with their mental health.
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A close friend or loved one dies and they are in another province. You weep, you start thinking about and preparing for the funeral and suddenly remember, only 50 people are allowed to attend and travel between provinces isn't encouraged right now. 

And with our big families, only the family and a few neighbours in the area will make the cut. So you have to watch the funeral on a streaming service and cry alone.

That is the new normal we've lived with since the coronavirus landed in South Africa in 2019. The levels of lockdown have changed and the numbers allowed at funerals flatulate between 50 and 100 depending on what level it is. 

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