For some people, the grief that COVID-19 has wrought is painfully apparent. Serious illness, death, unemployment, isolation, severe anxiety, depression. But even people who seem to be doing ok are feeling grief. Dr. Katie Eastman, a psychotherapist, says right now everyone, including her, is grieving the loss of something or someone.
Jackie Conn’s husband Tim died February 18, 2018, after suffering a massive stroke. They were always there for each other. Now she often feels as if she’s drifting. I don’t even know who I am anymore, she told me. Jackie shares her story in part two of Living with Grief.
Grief is a natural response to loss and yet how we react can feel anything but normal. We worry that we’re doing it wrong, taking too long, crying too much, feeling too numb. As we’ll find out in Part One of a special series on Living with Grief, there is no right or wrong way to grieve.
The holidays can be especially difficult for people who have lost someone dear — no matter how it happened. If you’re having a hard time, I hope this helps.