If we want to slow down the spread of coronavirus and reduce its impact on the most vulnerable people, it is important to practice social distancing. Humans are social creatures and we like to maintain a strong connection with the community. We also seek out friends and family in times of crisis, which is why social distancing can be stressful. It has an even bigger impact on people who are already dealing with grief or loss. At The Jerry Spears Company, we recommend the following tips to help loved ones deal with their grief during a pandemic:
1. Maintain Contact
The first step is to maintain regular contact with your loved ones. You can call them, message, or even visit while out on grocery runs. Make sure you maintain proper distance if you’re visiting to ensure there’s no risk. Regular contact will help people feel connected and make it easier for them to handle grief.
2. Engage in Conversations
There’s very little to distract you when you’re alone and struggling with grief. It is easy to slip further into isolation, avoid calls, and take up unhealthy habits like skipping meals, drinking excessive alcohol, etc. You can distract your loved one in such circumstances by engaging them in interesting conversations. Discuss things like recipes, hobbies, television shows, movies, government responses, social responses, and other such topics. These things will distract a grieving individual from their loss by giving them something else to focus on.
3. Encourage Group Connections
Sometimes conversing with a group of people is more distracting and helps people feel more connected. Set up a group chat or a video conference for this purpose and keep it active. You can also schedule conferences regularly when everyone in your group is free.
If you want to know more about funeral services during a pandemic, don’t hesitate to contact us at The Jerry Spears Company. Our team will be happy to help.