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The coronavirus pandemic has cast much of the world into a collective state of grief. Our sense of loss covers a broad spectrum: from loss of personal space and freedoms to dashed expectations and visions to loss of our physical or mental health to the loss of loved ones.

As a society, many of our rituals surrounding a death loss include family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and many more people.  With the onset of the pandemic- funerals, viewings, wakes, and many other social gatherings have been put on hold or stopped altogether.

So how do you go through this alone?

This isolation can make feelings of loneliness and grief much more intense. It could mean having to stay by yourself in the same house you shared with the person who has died, bringing up painful reminders at every turn. You might have been isolated together with your family, and although this at times may be a support, at other times, tensions and resentments can be magnified, making it difficult to help each other.

What can you do if you are experiencing grief and need help?

  • Reach out – Reaching out to family and friends, or even a helpline can help you tremendously. It can provide relief to your isolation.

  • Look after yourself and get plenty of rest – If you are tired, sleep. Make sure you are listening to your body’s needs.

  • Know that some days will be more challenging than others – It sounds cliche, but there will be good days and bad days. Take extra care of yourself on those bad days.

  • Know that what you are feeling is normal – Grief is an entirely natural process. You are not alone.

  • Register for, and then download, the AMF App. It is a great way to connect with others who “get it.” The AMF App now has communities for

    • Young Adults ages 18-30

    • Adults over 30

    • Professionals

You might have friends or family that are bereaved from a long time ago or just today. And you may not know how to best help and support them.

At this time of uncertainty and fear, many people may struggle more than usual, but you can help them just by being you. Being the friend, partner, colleague, son they love is all you need to be. Being present with someone while in their grief moments may not be easy, but it is one of the best gifts you can give to someone you care for.


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