Friday, March 27, 2020

COVID-19: Coping with GRIEF in midst of coronavirus pandemic

The known death toll from the coronavirus has surpassed 25,000 globally. The pandemic has ended communal prayer and congregational funeral gatherings at many major churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples. With these restrictions and isolation measures, dying people can’t see their families at the endpoint of their life. The internet, however, offered some solace to others ( Facebook live streaming, Video calling, etc.) 

Tragic losses of life…Let’s understand grief in the midst of coronavirus.

Normal grief reaction :

Precipitated by the loss of a loved one (bereavement).

Sadness revolves around feelings of loss and typically occurs in "waves" intermixed with positive memories of the deceased.  
Simple hallucinations ( Visual / Auditory ) of the deceased one. 

Thoughts of dying involve wish to join the deceased but active suicidality uncommon 
For most, the natural mourning process lasts 6-12 months 

f/b the integration of grief, in which the individual continues to feel transient but less pronounced sadness, and life plans/routines have adapted to living without the deceased.

There are 5 stages of grief according to the Kübler-Ross model are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance (may occur in any order).

“Mnemonic” = ABCD 
A = Anger 
B = Bargaining 
C = Concedes ( Acceptance ) 
D = Denial & Depression 

“Grave grief comes in Waves”

Complicated grief :
[Persistent complex bereavement disorder ] 

Prolonged grief for >12 months
Difficulty accepting the death & also Obsessive preoccupation of the deceased one. 

Persistent yearning for the deceased. 
Inability to re-engage with life.


Acknowledge the grief...
Stay in the present & keep social distancing...
Let people experience loss in their own way because there’s no one-size-fits-all for grief. Even Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s familiar stages of grieving aren’t meant to be linear.

- By Drashtant 

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