The COVID-19 pandemic has been a historic, tragic event, the likes of which have not been seen in a decade. The last major pandemic was the H1N1 outbreak of 2009, and while the loss of life was great, the current COVID-19 death toll is exponentially higher. The world is collectively experiencing a global traumatic situation, bringing with it astounding loss, grief, and the need for enhanced support resources. San Diego pandemic grief support is available to help you cope during these difficult times.
What Is Grief?
Grief is a response to any type of loss. Grief is an emotional process. It is an event, with a beginning, middle, and typically an end (unless suffering from complicated grief). Many people are familiar with the five stages of grief theory outlined by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—but this theory suggests grief is a linear process, which it is not.
COVID Grief and Loss
In the US, 700,000 people have died due to COVID. How many individuals were personally touched by those losses? Millions of children, grandchildren, cousins, in-laws—the list goes on and on.
What about the loss of purpose, loss of job, loss of a pet, loss of social circle, loss of relationships? COVID-19 has imposed loss on nearly everyone, in different ways, leaving people trying to figure out how to cope.
How To Flow Through Grief
- Allow yourself to experience grief. It is a natural part of life. It comes in waves, it’s not linear—some days you might be angry, and then feel acceptance, and then back to anger. Allow the feelings to be without judging them or trying to change them.
- Share your feelings with a safe and compassionate person. This can be a loss professional, friend, or family member. There is no need to try to cope with grief alone.
- Take time to say ‘goodbye.’ Many people weren’t able to properly say goodbye to loved ones. Write a letter to that person, sit in quiet meditation and share your thoughts or anything unsaid with them, or create a ritual or ceremony to honor them.
Coping with Grief During the Pandemic
In San Diego, pandemic grief support can help you manage your feelings of helplessness and loss. COVID grief and loss counseling helps to get your life back on track during very challenging times. No matter what you are feeling, you don’t have to do this alone.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of grief and would like to explore ways to get past the pain and reclaim your life, I invite you to book a free discovery session with me: Book with Karen
Karen Rolls, Registered Nurse, Certified Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist