Coping with the Pandemic of Grief -COVID 19

Coping with the Pandemic of Grief -COVID 19

Two pandemics would be considered the worst in recent human history. The first was the H1N1 pandemic, seen in 2009. It lasted for 19 months and was responsible for millions of people losing their lives. The second is COVID-19, which started in 2019 but took the shape of a pandemic only in 2020. We have already seen more than 33 lakh deaths worldwide, and with the pandemic refusing to come under control, can see many more.

Feelings of loss and grief are something we all have to deal with at some point in our lives. During a pandemic, there are more chances of encountering such feelings, which may directly affect physical as well as mental health. You might be aware of someone who had been infected with the corona virus or someone who lost their life coping with the illness. Certain feelings of grief and loss come from job loss, financial loss, isolation, and disruption from daily life or work. These situations may also trigger anxiety, depression, and stress. Dealing with these can be hard but it is harder if you are suffering from a mental health condition.

Grieving in a positive manner

Coping with grief during this pandemic has become complicated for families as there are restriction on funerals and family get-togethers.  People are not able to cope losing a loved one without the support of their families.

When you or someone you know is going through the grieving process, you can follow these tips.

  1. Facing your grief. This will help the grief heal faster. Thinking too much about the grief will make it worse.
  2. Practicing gratefulness: Maintaining a book or journal about the good moments in your life and practicing gratefulness can help a lot.
  3. Showing feelings: Just because everyone asks you to be brave, does not mean that you have to hide your feelings. Feelings of sadness, loneliness, or fear are natural reactions to loss. Let your family see how you feel as showing them your true emotions can help you overcome the grieving process faster and in a positive manner.
  4. Crying: Crying is a natural response to sadness. However, not crying can trigger depression deep inside the mind. Crying helps ease grief.
  5. Giving time: Grieving has no set timeline; it varies from person to person. Give yourself and your emotions time to heal.
  6. Being positive: Getting over the loss of your near and dear ones and their memories is not easy. However, it is not necessary that every time you remember the one you have lost, it is in the sad way. You can remember their memories in a positive way. Take loss as part of your life or phase of your life.
  7. Asking for help: Do not shy away from asking your family, friends or therapist for help. Losing a beloved family and friends is fate and something that you cannot control. Talking about your grief can help overcome it.
  8. Ending the isolation: Reach out and talk to your friends and family, and those you trust to listen and help you take a proactive and healthy approach to overcome your grief. 

Talk To Us

If you or someone you know needs assistance in dealing with a mental health disorder, then call the California Mental Health Helpline. We provide reliable information about reputed mental health treatment centers in California. Call our 24/7 mental health helpline (855) 559-3923 or chat online with one of our representatives to discuss your options for mental health treatment in California.