Grieving the loss of your lifestyle amid COVID-19 pandemic

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Coronavirus has forever changed us. We are experiencing loss: loss of freedom, loss of connection, loss of normalcy. As we come out of isolation, there’s another emotion we are going to feel -- anticipatory grief. It’s a feeling of not knowing what to expect or what we are going to lose in the future. It’s something everyone will need to work through to move on.

Saying goodbye with signs, through a phone call or from the other side of the window and for some, they weren’t able to say goodbye at all.

Cassandra Holmes shared, “I was devastated, of course, because after the surgery he was supposed to come back home, and he did not.”

Holmes knew grief before COVID-19. She knows the pain of losing someone unexpectedly.

“I just sat there, and I looked out the window because I didn't know what I was going to do next,” continued Holmes.

Mindy Cassel, PhD, Psychologist & Co-Founder of Children’s Bereavement Center said, “I think that many, many people feel guilt, feel somehow that they could have done something about it.”

Cassel believes anxiety increases even when you haven’t lost a person but a lifestyle, like the lifestyle we all lost when COVID-19 appeared.

“So, it affects us emotionally, it affects us behaviorally. So, you feel it physically,” Cassel stated.


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