Members of the Community Remember and Honor Loved Ones at the First Annual Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Butterfly Release
More than 300 people attended the first annual Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Celebrating Life’s Stories® Butterfly…
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are experiencing grief, even though they may not have experienced the death of a loved one or friend. This is known as a living loss. It is important to identify these symptoms and learn ways to navigate grief.
What Is a Living Loss?
A living loss is grief without a death. Because of COVID-19, people have lost a part of their everyday lives as they stay at home and limit in-person socializing. Experiencing grief is not limited to a physical death and is a normal response to the loss of the life one used to live before a life-changing event, such as a pandemic.
“We grieve when important things in our lives that we rely on are suddenly taken away. For now, we have lost life as we once knew it,” said Deb Holt, bereavement counseling professional at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton.
During this time, people are experiencing a variety of losses, including loss of financial security, loss of control, loss of events (weddings, graduations, parties, etc.), and loss of connection to others. These losses can impact our emotional, mental and physical well-being.
What Are Some Symptoms of Grief?
The grief you feel with a living loss can be similar to the grief you feel with a death. People can feel a variety of grief symptoms including:
If grief is not handled properly, it can settle into a depression.
How Do We Navigate Grief During COVID-19?
Strategies to cope with grief are not a one-size-fits-all. Some strategies that have been helpful for others are: