Ways to Cope with Bereavement during COVID-19

May 25, 2020

Coping with bereavement is never easy, but it can be especially difficult if you’re grieving the loss of a loved one during the many other stresses and worries of COVID-19. Perhaps you weren’t able to say goodbye or celebrate the life of your loved one in the way you would have wished because of social distancing measures, or you may feel cut off from support as you deal with the uncertainty of these times. Whatever your situation, it’s important to take steps to support your well-being as you cope with bereavement during COVID-19.

Practice Self-Compassion

Recognize that the grief process may be more complicated or difficult because of the other stressors caused by COVID-19. It’s okay to struggle or experience emotional setbacks right now. Be kind to yourself, avoid self-criticism, and take the journey one step at a time.

Connect with Others

Feeling loved and supported is especially important during times of bereavement. Make a point to reach out to others, or to answer calls from people who want to check in and see how you’re doing. Even if you don’t feel like talking, it’s important to stay connected.

Balance Loss and Restorative Activities

Working through grief often takes two forms—loss activities help you remember your loved one (for example, looking through photo albums), while restorative activities help you move forward (for example, spending time on something you love). Both of these forms are an important part of the grieving process, so try to balance them as you work through your bereavement.

If you need help coping with bereavement during COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our counselors or therapists. Grieving the loss of a loved one is one of the hardest things you can go through, and this may be one of the hardest times to do it. Our thoughts are with you, and we’re here to offer support and a listening ear if needed.

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