Grief Amid the Pandemic: How to Show Love and Support Through Social Distancing

By: Northwood Funeral Home
Friday, January 21, 2022

People's relationships with one another have transformed after the onset of the pandemic. Every individual must maintain social distance while avoiding needless engagement, and they should stay indoors as much as possible to minimize the spread of the virus. While these steps are essential, they can be distressing for the bereaved.

Millions have died from the Covid-19 virus, and many more have passed due to natural and other causes. Friends and family are left to mourn alone. Here are some helpful tips from Northwood Funeral Home on how you can maintain social distance even while supporting someone who is grieving.

1. Maintain Continued Contact

Checking in on grieving people every day rather than just occasionally is one way to show your support. Whenever you call, talk to them about their day, what they’ve been up to, and their health. Make sure they consume nutritious meals. These things show that you care for them and want to help them through this tough time.

2. Act as a Distracting Factor

Acting as a positive distraction is very helpful to someone who is grieving. With social distancing, it can be tough to get together. On good weather days, encourage getting outside, taking a walk, or doing an activity together. If outside isn’t an option or you don’t live close by try engaging in an online game together, facetime, or even have a virtual meal together.

To keep youngsters engaged for some time, get them to play online games and facetime to with friends and family. You can make a mourning person feel less lonely by shifting their attention in a positive way.

3. Provide Regular Support

When people are depressed, they typically skip meals and disregard their own health. If food is prepared and delivered to them this makes it more difficult for them to ignore. Cook a meal and drop it off, order food for them, or get a group of close friends and extended family to do a weekly meal train. Ensure someone is available and easily accessible to help them as required.

These are just a few ideas for assisting grieving people while keeping your social distance.

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