Source: Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay Each day, reporters update us as to the number of deaths from COVID-19 . It is easy to get caught up in tracking the numbers. As of May 1, 2020, the total number of cases diagnosed in the US surpassed 1 million; the total number of US deaths passed 63,000 as of this writing. For context, that's roughly the same number of deaths of Americans during the 20 year span of the Vietnam War. Each loss is one part of the devastating effects of this disease known as COVID-19. Each of the 63,000 individuals lost to date has left behind family, friends, and co-workers who are grieving them. Most adults are familiar with the stages of grief , thanks to the work of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler. The simplest model identifies five stages of grief: Denial and isolation, Anger , Bargaining, Depression , and lastly, Acceptance (Kubler-Ross, 2014). More recently, Kessler has suggested a sixth stage, Meaning (Kessler, 2019). If these concepts are unfamiliar to you, it is highly recommended that you read and learn about these stages, as they are experienced by many (though not necessarily in a particular order). Awareness of the stages helps to normalize… Read full this story
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