Grieving is painful and isolating. Grieving during a pandemic can feel downright cruel. The typical ways your friends and family would show up for you may not be safe or available, leaving you more isolated in your loss. Friends and family can feel lost and uncertain about how to help someone who is grieving, especially now. Grievers need grievers. Grievers need companions. We were not designed to process the enormity of human loss alone. This is one of the functions of rituals like shiva and funerals – to join people together, remembering the person lost and leaning on one another to get by. Without these rituals, without the pre-covid face-to-face contact and comfort, grievers are even more vulnerable and in need of ongoing support. In my own experiences, and those of people I've witnessed, well-meaning people have fumbled to be supportive in times of grief . Admittedly I was also one of those people before I went through my own loss. I wanted to make it better for people grieving, take away their pain. That right there was a set up for failure. You can't make someone's grief better. You can't take away their pain. But you can join them in it…. Read full this story
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