Managing grief in a pandemic
Most of us thought we’d be out of here by now – the daily pressures of how to navigate this new world is getting kind of old. Is it safe to see our friends? What do I do about my job? It looks like there is light at the end of the tunnel but the way is not yet clear. Meanwhile we are still grieving losses, both old and new. Friendships that were broken. Spouses and other family members that have passed on. Seven million humans who have died from Covid.
Sometimes feelings of grief appear to stem from events that occurred long ago. A client who had mourned the loss of her mother that happened nine years ago. Another who grieved the loss of her first marriage many years ago. A widow who thought she had recovered from the death of a spouse is grappling again with the doubts about an uncertain future. Suddenly, after many years, the emotions welled up seemingly from nowhere to take over their lives.