Grief Amid The Pandemic: How To Show Love And Support Through Social Distancing

By: Myles O'Riordan
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

People have been practicing social distancing for several weeks to help flatten the curve and curtail the spread of COVID-19. The forced isolation has given rise to problems like panic, anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. Unfortunately, the situation is worse for people who are dealing with loss or suffering from grief. Even friends and family members of Coronavirus victims don’t have adequate support systems in place to help them through their grief. At Wagg Funeral Home, we offer a few suggestions that can help:

1. Don’t Neglect Communication

When people suffer from a loss, they feel disconnected and destabilized. The foundation of their life and family is shaken by a death so they need support from close friends. if you have a grieving friend, don’t hesitate to call them regularly. You can schedule calls every other day so your loved one has something to look forward to and won’t feel left behind.

2. Discuss Interesting Things

You can’t distract a grieving individual with road trips, movie dates, delicious lunches, or other such outdoor activities. However, it is possible to distract them with interesting conversations. Discuss different topics like food, games, movies, shows, music, pets, kids, etc. If you discuss serious topics like politics or the pandemic, be sure to end the call on a positive note so your loved one remains in a good mood.

3. Encourage Written Communication

It is easier to discuss serious emotional pain and trauma through written communication than through verbal conversations. Your friend is more likely to express the feeling of loss and loneliness through emails or chat messages than during phone conversations. Encourage this form of communication as it can be a safe emotional outlet.

If you want to know about funeral or memorial services, don’t hesitate to contact us at Wagg Funeral Home today and we’ll be happy to help.

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