2020 has taken us all for a ride. We have had to adjust our daily lives, including the ways that we work, the ways that we socialize, and the ways that we complete mundane tasks. To top it all off, many of us have dealt with additional stresses of job loss, financial loss, and for some even the loss of a loved one.
As if the daily adjustments weren’t enough, dealing with a loss during a pandemic is a lot more than seems manageable at times.
Ways to Deal with a Loss During COVID
As we all try to navigate our way through these uncertain times, we hope these suggestions might help someone, even in just a small way, to cope with their loss during the current pandemic.
An Online Memorial to Remember
An online memorial is a wonderful way to honor a loved one who has passed away. It provides you with the chance to cherish the memories of the special life they lived and share it with others who were also close to them.
An Online Memorial from Memories can help you to feel closer to that person and remember all of the the amazing times you spent together. You can upload beautiful photos and videos of the memories related to your loved one, and create a timeline of stories to honor their life.
Memories Online Memorials also allows you to choose others to contribute to the timeline with the unique memories they too they hold. Bringing all of those memories together can help you to remember all of the positive moments surrounding that special person.
Express Your Feelings
Expressing your feelings is one of the best ways to start to understand them. If you can name what you’re feeling as grief then you can begin to comprehend what it is that you are going through.
Naming what it is that you’re going through helps to bring clarify and helps you to understand why it is that you’re feeling so stressed. You might start by thinking about five things you are specifically having a hard time with and then try ordering from most difficult to least difficult.
Pin point one of those issues, whether you want to start with the most difficult or the least, and break it down into smaller tasks. Breaking things down can help you to feel less overwhelmed with the bulk of your feelings.
Keep Up with Your Routine
Going through loss is difficult, especially in the midst of a pandemic. Keeping up with your usual routine, or setting a new one is an important part of providing yourself with structure. Ensure that you have a good mix of social, educational and physical activities to fill your day.
Physical routine can be especially important as movement is so beneficial for our mental and physical health. Set yourself up with a workout routine that you will stick to and that you are comfortable with.
For some this might mean running and weight lifting, and for others it might mean a daily stroll around the block. Similarly, it will be beneficial to keep up with a healthy eating routine. Make healthy food choices in order to give your body what it needs to help you recover.
Keeping up with a routine won’t necessarily mean for an inflexible schedule, but it can certainly help to offer a sense of stability and control.
Even though you are going through a loss, it’s likely that your daily schedule will continue forward. Don’t let the chaos of daily life take away from your self-care, and instead make it a priority.
Self-care looks different for everyone. For some it could mean exercising or meditation, and for others it may be a long hot bubble bath.
Be sure to check in with yourself each day to evaluate how you’re really feeling. Have you taken time to keep yourself balanced both mentally and physically? Is there a hobby you love that you have put on the back burner?
Whatever it is that makes you feel good and healthy should always be a priority. Be kind to yourself!
Focus on the Good
It may feel incredibly difficult to find something good to focus on, especially as we’re experiencing COVID-19. One of the best ways to cope with tough times like these is to find the good that may have been brought into our lives because of the situation.
It could mean for more quality time and time for reflection, closer ties, and putting things into perspective. Writing down the things that are good in our lives is a great way to see all that we have to be grateful for.
Lean on Your Social Circle
While it may feel more natural to box up your feelings and avoid talking about them, it is essential to lean on those in your social circle. These are the individuals that care about you most and regardless of how complicated things may be, they are there for a listening ear.
Reach out to family and friends at the times when you feel you need their support. Be sure to fill them in on exactly what it is that you’re experiencing and what they might be able to do to help.
If reaching out to those in your social circle doesn’t seem to help, then it may be a good idea to talk to your doctor and get the professional support you need.
Take it One Step at a Time
We can imagine how difficult it can be to deal with a loss, especially during this uncertain time. Our hope is that Memories Online Memorials can make the process somewhat more manageable, and provide you with a platform to cherish that special someone.
If you have questions about our Online Memorials, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and help you get started on creating a beautiful online memorial that you will hold close for years to come.