Grief Amid The Pandemic: How To Show Love And Support Through Social Distancing

By: Louis Bruno
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

A global pandemic is a trying time for everyone. People are struggling to remain healthy and active while being cooped up inside their homes. At Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home, we are concerned about people who are dealing with loss and death in isolation. Social distancing can add more strain to their already frayed mental health. Here are some tips on how you can show love and support during social distancing:

1. Maintain Communications

Call and message as often as you can to keep track of your loved one’s well-being. It is a good idea to call every day or once every two days to check on them. You can even schedule these calls to ensure you don’t miss each other.

2. Engage in Conversations

Just calling and asking them how they are dealing with everything isn’t enough. People experiencing grief in isolation need something pleasant to distract them from grim thoughts and loneliness. It is a good idea to engage them in a proper conversation and spend at least 10-15 minutes on the call. Talk about movies, books, activities, new hobbies, and similar topics.

3. Consider Video Conferences

While calls and messages help, sometimes we just need to see a friendly face to be content. Video calls and conferences are a great way for friends or family to connect with each other. Some people read books out loud during these conferences or watch movies together. Such activities can help a grieving individual feel less isolated.

4. Offer Assistance

Offer assistance like ordering food or groceries for a loved one. Grieving individuals are likely to skip meals, which can only worsen their mental health. Ordering a meal for them will remind them that they need to eat.

If you want to know more about grief, memorial services or cremation, don’t hesitate to contact us at Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

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