National Day of Reflection 2023
The pandemic created a unique set of circumstances that complicated the grieving process
Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences anyone can go through, but losing someone to COVID-19 has added layers of complexity and pain. The pandemic has altered the ways in which we experience loss, mourn, and cope. The grief of losing a loved one to COVID-19 is different, and it requires special attention and care.
One of the most challenging aspects of losing someone to COVID-19 is the suddenness of it all. Many lost loved ones during Lockdown without the opportunity to say goodbye or even see them one last time.
Hospitals and nursing homes implemented strict visitation policies to limit the spread of the virus, leaving family members feeling helpless and isolated. This made it difficult to process the reality of the loss and led to feelings of guilt and regret for lots of people.
Another factor that made grieving hard during the pandemic and more challenging was the physical distancing measures that were put in place. People were asked to stay home and avoid gatherings, which means that traditional mourning rituals such as funerals, wakes, and memorial services were either limited or non-existent. The inability to come together with family and friends to mourn and remember a loved one made the grieving process feel even more isolating and lonely.
The COVID-19 pandemic created a unique set of circumstances that complicated the grieving process. Some people lost loved ones to the virus while also dealing with their own illness or caring for others who were ill.
The stress and anxiety of the pandemic, coupled with the loss of a loved one, made it challenging to find the support and resources needed to navigate the grief process.
Furthermore, the pandemic created financial strains for many families, making it difficult to cover the costs of funeral expenses, and other end-of-life arrangements. This added to the stress and burden of grieving, making it even more challenging to process the loss.
As we reach the third anniversary of the first National Lockdown, it’s important to acknowledge the feelings of grief that might have now been internalised and pushed down.
It’s not too late to grieve, it never is. It’s not too late to ask for help. There’s no time limit on grief.
There are online grief support groups, virtual therapy sessions, or other forms of online support, as well as face-to-face help, such as Edu-Therapy or counselling.
Losing a loved one to COVID-19 is a unique and challenging experience that requires special attention and care. It's important to acknowledge the added layers of complexity Covid-19 caused, and the extra feelings of isolation associated with it.
Please do reach out and don’t struggle alone.
Jill Attree is a Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist, based in Dorset. Jill has helped grievers throughout the UK by listening without judgement, analysis or criticism - so that you can move forward through your loss. To help you create a brighter tomorrow. Find out more about Jill.