The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our daily lives and routines in a matter of a few short weeks, generating uncertainty and anxiety. For the majority of the population, coping at this time is extremely stressful as we adjust to staying home and distancing ourselves from others. It is especially challenging if someone you loved has died during the pandemic, whether or not their death was a result of COVID-19. If your loved one has recently died, we offer these suggestions for grieving during this incredibly difficult and isolating period.
Doing so helps to manage our expectations of ourselves and others.
This is important, as grief is far more complex than many people think.
This creates the space to acknowledge the different emotions that come with loss.
This is always important when grief is new as it provides a structure to your day. Routine is even more important during a pandemic.
This is something grief experts always recommend because of how stressful grieving can be.
This is important because how we think affects how we feel and what we do.
Staying connected to your family and friends is especially important.
You can still honor your loved one in different ways during this time.
Making plans helps us feel more in control.
For more information about coping with grief, call the Bereavement Program at 617-732-6646.
This document is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Written by Sue Morris, PsyD
Director, Bereavement Services, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care
Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center
For over a century, a leader in patient care, medical education and research, with expertise in virtually every specialty of medicine and surgery.