During this time of social distancing, we are grieving the loss of our normal life. From playdates to school and work, religious services and yoga classes, our routine has been disrupted. Grief reactions such as fear, anxiety, and sadness may be overwhelming.
We are very aware that those who are currently grieving the death of a loved one may be unable to do so in ways they are accustomed to. Meanwhile, those wishing to comfort mourners are also grieving the loss of ability to provide consolation in person.
While funeral services can be streamed via the Web, food can be ordered and delivered, and texts, cards, phone and video calls can keep us connected, for many, it is not the same without hugs, touch and physical closeness.
So, what are we to do with our grief, our fears and anxiety during this time?
1. Spread kindness. Acts of kindness are often helpful when grieving. These can be done in honor of your loved one. This might look like a phone call or compassionate words to someone who is isolated. It can be getting groceries or leaving a meal on the doorstep.
2. Stay connected. Social distancing does not mean social disengagement. Reach out via phone calls or digitally. Consider joining our private Facebook grief support group. To locate the group, search for “Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Grief Support Page” and request to join the group.
3. Practice self-care. Focus on your breathing. Move your body. Practice mindfulness. These exercises will go a long way in keeping you healthy in body, mind, and spirit.
4. Recognize moments of joy. Take a walk outside. Let nature do its magic. Watch a silly video. Facetime with an old friend. Laugh. Smile.
During unsettling times, it’s important for all of us to take care of ourselves in mind, body, and spirit. Fortunately, there are many online resources that can help. Here is one you may want to try courtesy of Hospice of the Western Reserve:
Guided Imagery Meditation – Into the Woods
We care about you and know these are tough times. We continue to be here with comfort and support. Be sure to check our Mindful Moments page: hospicewr.org/mindfulmoments. New resources are added regularly. Be safe and be well.