The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a heavy burden on our hearts. Between the loss of connection with our neighbors and friends to the loss of life that has come to too many throughout the past two years, loss is something that many are dealing with on a daily basis.
While there is nothing that can heal that loss entirely for those aging in place or anyone who has suffered a serious loss during this time there are some steps you can take to help heal.
Mindfulness is a practice that is undertaken by many to help center their bodies and minds and keep them focused on the uplifting and positive. There is also another practice known as mindful grieving which, as it’s name suggests, encourages those that are practicing it to slow the process of grieving down and allow the healing to happen gradually over time. The steps that are associated with mindful grieving include;
- Acknowledge and accept your feelings
- Express yourself – this can be in written word, through artistic endeavors or even meditation
- Remind yourself that you are not alone
- Create healthy boundaries
- Tell your story
You may not be inclined to do all of these things, but taking a step or two from the mindful grieving process can help you get to a place where you can grieve the loss of a loved one without it bringing deep sadness. Through this process you can understand how the loss is truly affecting you and help yourself bring light to a very dark situation.
If your loved one that is aging in place is struggling with the loss of a close friend or relative it is a good idea to continually check in on her/him to make sure that the grief is not turning into a depression.