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More than 6.3 million Canadians are grieving a death because of COVID-19—that’s a lot of us. Add to that those of us who have lost loved ones from other causes, the compounding impact of saying goodbye amid gathering restrictions, the collective heartache we feel because of local and global tragedies, and the non-death-related losses we’ve experienced—job loss, the end of relationships, the cancellation of valued programs, or closure of favourite local businesses.
It’s a lot.
So, if you’re feeling a sense of grief and loss, you’re certainly not alone. You’re in good company. So many of us need support right now—and it’s wise to seek help because unresolved grief sits upstream from mental health concerns, addiction, health issues and relationship challenges.
The good news is it’s possible to heal. That doesn’t mean we forget about our loved ones, but we build the skills we need to move forward and get back to enjoying life. We eventually integrate our losses as part of our life story.
Learning about grief, sharing our stories in supportive environments, and practising self-compassion and care are essential parts of the journey. Thankfully, there are many resources available to help.
While some might want others to ‘move on’ from their grief and loss, it’s neither realistic nor a good idea. We need to move through, and if we have that understanding, we can better help ourselves and support those in our lives who are experiencing grief too. It can be as simple as being more compassionate to your colleagues and others you interact with. If 6.3 million of us are in grief just because of COVID, then there’s a good chance the person you’re talking to is. Take good care.
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