The coronavirus pandemic has been a challenging time for most for many reasons – uncertainty, change, isolation due to social distancing, excessive work demands (particularly for frontline workers), job loss or insecurity, and being effected directly by the illness.
For those who have lost a loved one during this pandemic, whether this be due to COVID or other reasons, it has been especially difficult. Grieving the loss of a loved one is distressing. We have certainly seen the added impact of having to face this grief in the constrains of the current restrictions. For many individuals, it has meant exploring different meaningful ways to say goodbye to their loved one that honour the person, their love for the person, and the relationship, and allow them to grieve in their own way.
Beyond Blue have created a helpful resource on coping with the loss of a loved one during the pandemic.
If you are struggling with the death of a loved one, help is available. Please reach out – to friends, family, colleagues, or professional support – crisis lines (see Beyond Blue website), your GP, a psychologist. Beyond Blue also have details for an online grief and loss forum at the bottom of their article – see link below.
Take care and we are thinking of you.