Even mourning periods have changed as a result of Coronavirus. Nowadays, you must find new ways to cope with these situations without affecting your mental health.
The panic and anxiety caused by the pandemic can be especially overwhelming when coupled with the loss of a loved one. Additionally, because of biosafety measures and social distancing, you may not be able to be with that person when he or she dies or be able to have a wake with family and friends.
Limits on the number of people at all kinds of events or enclosed spaces have changed the way groups get together and experience grief, regardless of whether or not the cause of death was associated with Covid-19, as it is a way to mitigate the spread of the virus.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explain that these types of traumatic events or changes can trigger reactions such as shock, disbelief or denial, anxiety, distress, anger, periods of sadness, lack of sleep, and loss of appetite, conditions that can impact your physical and mental health.
To get through this, the CDC suggests some tips for coping with feelings of grief after the loss of a loved one:
- Connect with other loved ones through calls or teleconferences to improve your mood.
- Ask family and friends to share stories and send photos that make you feel better.
- Coordinate a date and time for family and friends to pay tribute with a spiritual reading or a prayer from family members.
- Create a virtual memory book to remember your loved one and ask those close to you to include their stories and memories.
- Do meaningful activities that you enjoyed with the person you lost, such as planting a tree or preparing a favorite meal in honor of your loved one’s memory.
- Use mental health services, support groups, or bereavement therapy, especially if available over the phone or online.
- Seek spiritual help from faith-based organizations, such as religious leaders and congregations, if possible.
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