Grieving in Isolation

  • Reach out to family and friends in an email or text and let them know that calls, texts, FaceTime chats, Zoom (you can have up to 500 participants), would be welcomed and feel comforting.
  • Ask your clergy and funeral home if your loved one’s funeral service can be live-streamed (share the link and any pertinent information with family, friends and colleagues).
  • Share stories and pictures of your loved one in an email and/or Facebook post or memorial page, and ask friends, family and colleagues to share their memories and pictures with you.
  • In your loved one’s obituary, ask for memories to be sent to your address or shared on a memorial page created in their honor.
  • When ready, begin thinking of and planning meaningful ways in which you would like to honor your loved one at a celebration of life once social distancing and shelter in place are no longer.
  • Shocked
  • Disoriented
  • Confused
  • Helpless, powerless, immobilized
  • Numb
  • Sickened (feeling faint, nauseous, a rapid heartbeat, sweaty/hot, shaky/cold)
  • Overwhelmed (disorganized thoughts: who to call, where to go, what to do…)
  • Panicked
  • Intensely vulnerable
  • Mentally and physically exhausted
  • Agitated, angry, frustrated, scared
  • Breathe (slow deep breaths)
  • Drink water (avoid or limit caffeine and alcohol)
  • Eat small amounts of food (whatever feels tolerable)
  • Sleep (If you cannot sleep, try to rest, to breathe, to be still, even for a moment)
  • Go outside. Breathe in fresh air. Walk (even if it’s just up and down your driveway)
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Painful thoughts
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty doing daily tasks
  • Difficulty caring for yourself, (or others whose care you are responsible for)
  • Difficulty accepting the death of your loved one

Check out CredibleMind’s COVID-19 resource center for more practical tips.



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