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

By: Tom Gallagher
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Social distancing is necessary to control the spread of Coronavirus, but it can be very stressful for people experiencing grief. Most mourners require social and personal connections to recover from their loss. Social distancing can make them feel isolated and disconnected, which can take a toll on their mental health. At Gallagher Funeral Home, we encourage people to reach out and support these individuals at their time of need. Here are some tips to do so:

1. Call Regularly

Call as often as you can to keep tabs on your loved one’s health. Ask them about their feelings, their activities, and make sure they eat properly. These calls can help remind people that they shouldn’t get lost in their grief. Encourage them to take care and look after their mental health.

2. Get Creative with Communication

Just calling to check-in isn't enough, especially if a person is dealing with grief alone. Fortunately, there are many ways to communicate with them and distract them without violating social distancing restrictions. You can hold a video conference through programs like Skype or Zoom with all your friends or family. You can Netflix and chill remotely, sharing thoughts and opinions on a movie you're watching together. Some people have even started to Livestream reading a book, playing music, making meals, and other such activities. All of these solutions can effectively distract a grieving individual and help them feel connected.

3. Help Directly

If you are worried about a grieving individual neglecting their health, you can help directly by ordering meals or groceries on their behalf. This will encourage them to take care and focus on their health.

If you need help on funeral-related matters during a pandemic or want to know more about our services here at Gallagher Funeral Home, contact us or give us a call at 318-640-1375 today. 

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