Important Discussions During COVID-19
Grief, Loss and Advance Care Planning
Amidst the global public health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19, there is also a psychological crisis that’s emerging as people grapple with stress, sadness and grief related to the loss of loved ones, as well as the loss of community engagement, economic security, safety and a sense of normalcy.
According to the American Psychological Association, it’s important to “name and claim” this grief, whether it’s through journaling, having a conversation with a family member or a phone call with a mental health professional. Though it may be difficult, grieving is natural and useful, and can help us process the situation. Grief is lonely and isolating to begin with, and not being able to connect physically to mourn these losses can make it harder to process.