How to Cope with Grief During the COVID-19 Crisis
Under “normal” circumstances, losing a loved one can cause significant pain. During a crisis like this one, the death of a friend or family member is more difficult than ever. We’re seeing this heartbreak play out firsthand here at Krause Funeral Homes & Cremation Service.
Our staff understands that a visitation, funeral, and burial are essential to the grieving process. We cannot overstate the important of these rituals, as loved ones come together to acknowledge a loss and express support. But as gatherings are now limited in size to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Milwaukeeans have had to change the way they pay tribute to their loved ones.
The question is, how can loved ones begin to grieve without in-person support? How can they receive comfort when their most important connections are broken?
During the age of coronavirus, the grief journey may look different – but connecting and healing is still possible.
- Make it a priority to see the faces of your family and friends through a video call. Share stories about your loved one and talk about how the loss is affecting you.
- Though it may be painful, set aside time to focus on your loved one who died. Look through old photos and watch old videos (we recommend doing so with a friend or family member present). Write a letter about what you miss most about them. Remembering what they meant to you and how they changed your life is a healthy step.
- Our staff has always sung the praises of grief support groups, and there are groups you could join that meet virtually or on social media. Counselors are also conducting sessions virtually. This way, you can talk to others who understand what you’re going through and can offer tools to cope with difficulties.
- Letters and long-form emails may be a thing of the past but expressing yourself in writing allows you to communicate with someone who cares about you.
- Read articles about grief. Our blog includes expert advice on many aspects of the grieving process. Grief has no Timetable addresses how many Milwaukeeans are surprised by their reaction to death, and how grief looks different as time goes by. Another blog describes the difference between grief and depression and how to get needed support or treatment. The Important of Staying Healthy While Grieving takes on new meaning right now, as it is all-too common to neglect your own health after losing someone you love. For immediate support and to learn more about the grieving process, check out our Guiding Grief Interactive Online Help.
When a death occurs, life is changed forever. There will be hard days and setbacks. But please remember that you are never alone. Our care team is available by phone 24/7 with the encouragement you need, especially during this unique time. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us.