For many, grief is a sorrowful, depressing response to a loved one’s death. Dealing with grief has been especially prominent throughout the pandemic with COVID-19 related deaths hitting one million in the US alone earlier this month. Although there is unfortunately no cure for it, there have been some suggested methods to help ease pain and distress.
Mental Health America states that common symptoms of grief include, “denial, disbelief, confusion, shock, sadness, yearning, anger, humiliation, despair” and “guilt.” Also, they referenced seeking out caring people, expressing your feelings, taking care of your health, postpone major life changes and seeking outside help when necessary as helpful ways to cope.
The Cleveland Clinic also suggests “be gentle with yourself” and “accept some loneliness.” Accelerating the grieving process or being judgemental of yourself could cause improper healing. In addition to this, some suggest that staying connected with the person that you lost may help. Matthew Ratcliffe, a PhD and professor of philosophy and grief researcher at the University of York stated, “A growing body of literature concerned with what have become known as ‘continuing bonds’ has emphasized that most of those who suffer bereavements sustain one or another kind of enduring connection with the deceased. One might let go of certain things, but one does not ordinarily let go entirely.”
Even though death is a heartbreaking part of the life cycle that causes most people to grieve at some point in their life, the grieving process is unique to everyone. Therefore, different methods will work for different people.