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

By: Tom Gallagher
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Are you worried about a friend who is struggling with grief? Do you want to help them but don’t know how to offer comfort amidst a pandemic? At Nutmeg State Cremation Society, we have a few tips that can help you support your loved one in this difficult time while following social distancing restrictions. Here’s a look at what you can do:

1. Maintain Communication

Modern technology has made it easier for people to communicate, regardless of the distance. You can call, set up a video conference, chat on messaging app, or email a grieving friend regularly. Calling is a great way to reach out because it can help establish a more direct connection. It is a good idea to call at least once or twice a week but you should consider doing it more often if you’re close to the grieving individual.

2. Engage in Conversations

Just saying ‘hello, how are you?’ isn’t enough, especially if you want to support a friend during a period of social distancing. Engage in long conversations and discuss a wide range of topics. You can let your loved one direct the conversation or introduce distracting topics like hobbies, lockdown activities, music, movies, and other such light-hearted subjects. Make sure the conversation is engaging and lasts for some time.

3. Encourage Writing

Many people are unable to express their grief verbally and try to hold themselves back. Written communication is often easier for them, especially during times of brief. You can encourage this by initiating email conversations or direct messaging. Written conversations allow people to vent without feeling like they’re burdening their friends.

At Nutmeg State Cremation Society, we provide comprehensive funeral services and can help you with all aspects of the process so if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

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