Grieving the loss of a loved one during the coronavirus pandemic.

03 Jun 2020

Coping with the death of a loved one is hard; coping with loss during the coronavirus pandemic brings another level of emotional and practical challenges.

If you have lost someone to or during COVID-19:

1.Remember that grief is a natural and ongoing response to loss. It can be more pronounced in uncertain times such as these. Try not to be afraid of any emotion you experience.

2.Grieve your way. No-one can tell you how to feel.

3.Stay connected. Seek support from people you trust through the use of phone and video calling technology.

4.Say goodbye. Find quiet time to be alone and say goodbye to your loved one in your own way.

5.Understand that a funeral during COVID-19 will be different. Try to focus on what you can control.

6.Be prepared. There will be events and moments in future that will trigger your memories and sadness.

7.Understand that you will heal. In time you will learn to live with your loss, heal and move forward in new and different ways.

Guidance on how to deal with grief from Beyond Blue and other sources, can be accessed through the "Grief Resources" section of the Great Southern Compassionate Communities Toolkit.

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