Coping with the loss of a loved one while social distancing
Coping with the loss of a loved one can be challenging in the best of times, but many people have had to confront such challenges at a time that is unlike any other in modern history.
The WHO (World Health Organization) reported that roughly 279,000 people had died from the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Many of the 215 countries that reported cases of COVID-19 implemented social distancing measures in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus. While such efforts no doubt saved lives, they also left many people without traditional means of grieving their deceased loved ones. In March the Church of England limited the number of people attending funerals to immediate family members only.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that grief is a normal response to losing a loved one. In addition, the American Psychological Association says that research has shown that social support can help people recover from such losses
Though traditional funerals and gatherings aren’t possible, those who have lost loved ones can embrace strategies to cope with their loss even while stay-at-home orders remain in place.