Watch: Dealing With Grief

Mar 23, 2021 | Newsletter, Video

It seems these days there is more and more to grieve about: the loss of our normal way of life, the inability to gather together. And sometimes we have to grieve over the emotions that we have to put aside until another time.

It’s important to grieve because it’s part of the healing process. Many of us have lost a loved one during this time of isolation. Not only do we have to grieve for the loss of this person, but also for the fact that we weren’t able to be with them, or to gather for the funeral.

And some of us are in denial, that this isn’t happening. Our mind can’t process this. But that’s a protective device; it gives us space in our mind to deal with this. Sometimes we get angry — that’s a pressure valve, and it’s normal. And then we may slip into depression and sadness. It’s important to honor those feelings because they are part of the process of grieving.

One of the most difficult places to be is to be stuck, somewhere along the grieving process. That’s when we need to find a way to keep moving forward.

Here are some tools and exercises to help us continue moving through grief.

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