COVID-19 systems and families: Acknowledging loss, transcending hope
Australian & New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
School of Arts and Humanities
It is a pleasure to present this special COVID‐19 edition of the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy (ANZJFT). Much like the metaphor of a puzzle when describing the work systemic therapists engage in with families, little by little, with a bit of thought, reflection, and patience, as the pieces come together to form the complete picture, this edition fell into a unified whole. The concept of this COVID‐19 special edition had its genesis between March and April 2020 during the tumultuous initial phase of the pandemic. The idea coalesced in my mind as I initiated discussions with family and systemic practitioners and colleagues around the globe as it quickly became apparent that the effects of the pandemic would leave no part of the world untouched. After all, we may have been in different boats, but we have been battered by the same storm. This resulted in a collaborative reflective paper in ANZJFT (Amorin‐Woods et al., 2020) involving systemic therapists from various international contexts and cultures in order to share and gather initial ‘lived experiences’ of the early stages of the pandemic.