Managing Feelings of Grief and Loss During a Pandemic

Significant changes in our lives can bring feelings of grief and loss. Loss is a universal human experience that has been compounded for many during this pandemic.

B.Ed, M..Ed
Registered Psychologist
I have worked in schools and private practice as a teacher and a School Psychologist for over 35 years.

Significant changes in our lives can bring feelings of grief and loss. Loss is a universal human experience that has been compounded for many during this pandemic. All of us have lost the feeling of being able to assume how our days and lives might unfold and this lack of being able to plan can diminish our sense of consistency, predictability and safety. Loss of freedom, social connection and routines has been challenging for many of us. During the past few months we have been unable to gather in groups impacting the celebration of life stages such as birthdays, weddings and graduations. Unfortunately, many individuals have lost their jobs and financial security. For those who have lost a loved one during the pandemic, whether due to Covid 19 or other causes, a barrier to the normal grieving process has been the inability to be with loved ones during their final hours if they were in hospital or hold funerals in the way they would have wished to. Taken together it is understandable why many individuals are struggling to maintain their overall well-being. 

The Alberta Health Services Grief Support Program has created an excellent, 30 minute psychosocial video for those who are troubled by grief and loss in their own lives and/or want to offer support to someone else. The video offers comfort and hope by normalizing these experiences and offering resources, tool and approaches to manage grief and loss during a pandemic. I highly recommend you taking the time to watch this video if this is an area of interest or need for you or someone you care about. 

Most of us have experienced a loss related to the pandemic. Please share in the comments your story on how you and or a family member found creative ways to adapt yo your situation, finding comfort or even joy.

Deborah Hinds-Nunziata
B.Ed, M..Ed Registered Psychologist I have worked in schools and private practice as a teacher and a School Psychologist for over 35 years.