A club nobody ‘wanted to join’: How Covid widows are finding support through Facebook

Decades of research show that support groups can be beneficial to those suffering a common trauma, said Dana Rose Garfin, a psychologist. “Everybody tries to help, and nobody knows what to say,” said Garfin, an assistant adjunct professor at the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing at the University of California, Irvine. “But when other people have had that same experience, there is a level of empathy and understanding that can be deeply comforting.”