Grieving During Isolation
Our lives have been disrupted with COVID-19, but life is going on. Sadly people are still dying from illnesses, accidents and natural causes. There are many people having to deal with loss and grief during these never-before-seen lockdowns. My heart goes out to all those who are experiencing loss during these uncertain and challenging times.
Being bereaved can be an extremely lonely time. Having comfort and support from family and friends can be one of the most helpful ways to cope after someone close to us dies. So, what now when we are being told to self-isolate and cut all but essential physical contact with others? How can we help those grieving during isolation?
Keep In Regular Contact
Although you may not be able to see them, you can keep in regular contact using the phone, text messages or internet. Death, has for most, been a difficult subject to talk about. It is more important than ever that we now overcome our fear and communicate openly about the loss of a loved one. Let them talk about how they are feeling and about the person who had died. Talking can be a very powerful tool in helping someone through grief and loss. It can help reduce their feelings of loneliness.
Acknowledge The Funeral
Organising a funeral is a gut-wrenching and heartbreaking experience. The knowledge that only 10 people can attend must be extremely distressing. How do they decide which nine people can attend, and help celebrate the life of someone so special to so many?
Show your support by acknowledging the funeral. Let those who are grieving know that you are thinking of them during this very difficult time. Make the effort to send a card or gift that shows you are thinking of them. An everlasting keepsake or comfort box sent as an alternative to flowers is a thoughtful gift that will be treasured in the weeks and months that pass. It will continue to remind them that they are not alone.https://foreverinmyheart.com.au/product-category/sympathy-hampers/all-sympathy-hampers/
Isolation can sometimes make it harder to process grief. Let them know they do not need to feel guilty if they are struggling. Ask them if you can help. If you see signs that they are not coping help them connect with information, resources or maybe a professional to guide them through this overwhelming time.
Let them know you care.