Coping With Grief
By Nikki Navarro
When you lose someone, you may feel a range of strong emotions, including sorrow, loneliness, helplessness, confusion, and even anger. It could be due to a breakup or divorce, a loss of friendship, miscarriage, or worse, the death of a loved one.
Grieving the loss of someone close to you due to the COVID-19 virus while dealing with the stress, anxiety, and fear related to the pandemic can make emotional healing more difficult. Such death may just be part of the statistics for others, but it is more than that for you.
Coping With Grief Amidst the Pandemic
The unending bad news about the coronavirus is a constant reminder of the reasons for your anguish and grief. Due to lockdown and social distancing measures, you are forced to stay home, and physically being with friends and other family members may not be possible.
Our current circumstances may make coping with a loved one’s death more challenging than ever, but it doesn’t mean it’s impossible. No one is beyond help, regardless of how deep the wound is.
Connect with friends and family
Whenever you are under the feelings of sorrow, it is common to want to withdraw from others and deny any form of companionship. But avoidance will actually disrupt your healing process and lead to isolation. Even if you’re not comfortable talking about your feelings, it’s vital to express them when you’re grieving.
So spend time with the people you love and accept assistance from others. If you can’t be with them physically, there are other ways to remain connected, like creating group chats or joining video calls.
Join a support group
Even when surrounded by families and friends, grief can still make you feel alone and lonely. Although you know that you can rely on those around you, it may be hard to be open and honest about how you feel. In this case, a support group will provide you with an ideal avenue to share your pain with others with similar experiences.
Grief can take a toll on your well-being. It is exhausting and requires a great deal of energy. It can impair your ability to focus, cloud your judgment, suppress your appetite, and cause difficulty sleeping. While it can be easy to take your health for granted when mourning, taking care of yourself is crucial so you can be prepared to deal with physically and emotionally demanding situations.
Since your usual self-care activities and hobbies may not be available due to the pandemic, you might have to be creative in your approach. Think about what helps your mind and body relax. Consider what you find enjoyable, such as reading a book, watching a movie, gardening, or writing in your journal. Of course, exercising and eating healthy are always good for your health.
Dealing with the loss of a loved one may be one of the most difficult challenges for most people. Although the intense feelings of pain and sadness can be overwhelming, help is available. So you never have to do it alone, and remember that there is no shame in seeking help from others.