The process of healing and coping from the passing of a loved one is hard in all circumstances-- especially in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic where the sadness and grief collide as this intensifies the stress and anxiety.
Moreover, a lot of things have changed; the traditional way of doing a wake honoring the person’s life and remembering their last days. Since the Coronavirus pandemic hit the world like a storm, the things people used to do shift and more rules have been implemented to avoid the spread of the virus. The implementation of social distancing and limitations of the number of people who can visit the wake makes the situation more difficult.
This has resulted in a lot of adjustments for the people to make sure that they are safe and that they are following the rules set by the government. This affects the bereaved family even more. Instead of having people come to the wake for their loved ones to comfort them they will feel sadder and empty because of the few people who will attend the wake.
Though everyone has their own way of grieving and coping up, we need to understand each other. There is no right or wrong way to heal and accept the loss. It surely needs time and pace. It will affect a person’s mental health and it needs to be managed.
If you or anyone you know who is experiencing the pain of losing someone, give them love instead of giving them advice that everything will be okay. This is not what they need from someone who tries to understand them nor giving any advice. It is not wrong to be not okay. It is normal; some people may understand you or some won't. That is fine, you can feel the pain all you want but you need to motivate yourself that you need to live your life.
You may find yourself or someone losing an appetite and isolate themselves from the other people. These people are in the process of accepting the reality of losing someone who is precious to them and does not know how to deal with it. Guiding them to get back up is one way of telling them that they always have someone whom they can lean on.
Losing a loved one may contribute to physical changes of a person. They might experience body changes depending on how they are able to deal with the situation. Sometimes, they will feel some difficulties in breathing whenever they have experienced something or a situation that reminds them of their loved one. In times like this, they wanted to grieve with themselves and cry while recalling all the good memories that they had shared with that person.
They want to feel them even if they are no longer around so they will end up having cremation urn bracelets as accessories that will keep reminding them the memories they shared together. These cherished urns will help them relive the memory of a lost loved one.
Getting back on track to finish the race is hard especially when you lose someone who is part of your journey. In life we need to let go in order to move forward, but it doesn’t mean to forget all the good memories. Instead, we make these good memories as fuel to win and finish the race of life.