🤧😩😀 The Coronavirus pandemic has caused shockwaves all around the globe. Dealing with the loss of a loved one during this time is especially tragic, and experiencing grief about the loss of your normal routine can also be exhausting. Try to be kind to yourself and others as you navigate this new and unsettling time.

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Method 1 of 3:
Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

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    Honor your loved one with a small gathering. Unfortunately, it may not be possible to hold a large funeral for your loved one while still maintaining a social distance. You can hold a small gathering of fewer than 10 people to remember your loved one and their life.[1]
    • Talk to your funeral director about hosting a virtual event so you can invite more people to honor your loved one.
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    Practice compassion for yourself. It’s never easy to lose someone that you love, and it’s especially difficult during a pandemic. Give yourself a break and let yourself take some time to heal if you need to.[2]
    • You may need to take time off work or spend less time talking to your friends while you grieve, and that’s okay.
    • You can practice self-care by making time to relax every day. Try taking a bath, reading a book, or simply laying in bed for a quick nap.
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    Make time for video chats and phone calls with your loved ones. Although you may not feel up to it some days, it’s important to stay connected to your friends and family. Try to schedule video chats, phone calls, or texting sessions with people who care about you and can offer words of advice or a distraction.[3]
    • Set up a group video chat using a service like Google Hangouts, Skype, or Zoom.

    🤧😩😀 Tip: Texting and phone calls are nice, but it’s always better to see someone face-to-face. Try to use video chat services as much as you can to reach out to your loved ones.

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    Remember your loved one in a positive light. Look at some photos of your loved one and remember the fun times you had together. Allow yourself to laugh, cry, and feel whatever emotions you feel when you remember your loved one. Try to do this about once a day or less so that it doesn’t take over your life.[4]
    • Your instinct may be to move on and not think about your loved one, but that can be harmful in the long run. Thinking about them throughout the day is normal and can help you process your loss.
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    Take care of yourself physically. Grief can have a lot of physical side effects, including insomnia, nausea, and fatigue. Try to keep yourself healthy by getting 8 hours of sleep, eating a balanced diet, and exercising regularly.[5]
    • It can be tough to look after yourself when you’re grieving, so it’s okay if you can’t do all of it.
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    Dive into new hobbies or skill sets. It can be hard to distract yourself when you’re stuck inside and can’t go out with friends. Try to pick up a new hobby that you can do inside to keep your mind off of things for a little while.[6]
    • Try doing collages, cross stitching, completing puzzles, painting, adopting an animal or doing yoga.
    • You may feel pressure to create and produce tangible items while you have a lot of free time, but you don't need to. It's okay if you can't participate in creative hobbies right now.
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    Limit the amount of news you watch. Although it’s important to stay informed, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when you watch the news every day. Try to limit yourself to accessing news articles online or watching it on TV to once or twice per day, or even less.[7]
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    Join a support group online. During social distancing measures, you may not be able to meet with a support group in person. Try to look for online grief support groups or counselors so you can share your experience and relate to others.[8]
    • TalkSpace and BetterHelp both provide online counseling that you can access from your phone or computer.
    • Your healthcare provider may also be able to connect you with an online support group or counselor.

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Method 2 of 3:
Dealing with Cancelled Life Events

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    Celebrate milestones in socially distant ways. If you’re missing your graduation, anniversary party, or a family reunion, you may be feeling loss and sadness. Try to find other ways to celebrate these happy events, like virtual hang-outs, car parades, or sending gifts and cards through the mail.[9]
    • It’s okay to feel sad about missing out on life events, and it’s important to acknowledge your feelings of loss.

    🤧😩😀 Tip: You can even get all dressed up for an event that you would have gone to, like prom or graduation, and take some photos to commemorate the moment.[10]

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    Reach out to others who might feel the same way. If you’re missing out on a graduation ceremony, talk to your peers who are missing out on it too. If you can’t go to a family reunion, text or call your family members to express your sadness. Chances are, you're not the only one who’s feeling upset by the current events.[11]
    • It can be helpful to talk with others who feel the same way you do so you know you’re not alone.
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    Push your events to a later date. Parties, weddings, and graduations can be tough to hold in a socially distant way. If you can, try to plan your events further in the future so that you can celebrate them in the way that you’d like to.[12]
    • Since there is no timeline for when the pandemic will be over, it may be tough to pick specific dates for your events. Consider waiting until venues reopen to start making reservations.
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    Stay connected to your loved ones via your phone or computer. Being social is super important, especially in times of stress. Make it a habit to talk to your friends and family via video chat, calls, or even through text. Try to connect with a loved one at least once per day.[13]
    • Socialising with others can still be tiring, even through video or phone calls. You can take a break from talking to your loved ones if you need to.

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Method 3 of 3:
Managing Daily Grief

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    Stick to a regular sleep schedule. Stress and anxiety can be made worse if you are sleeping irregularly or not enough. Try to schedule a time to sleep and a time to wake up so that you feel rested and healthy.[14]
    • Sleeping on a regular schedule can also help you connect to your friends and family members since you will all be awake at the same time.

    🤧😩😀 Tip: Try to get about 8 hours of sleep each night.

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    Keep a journal about how you are feeling. Journaling can be a healthy way to express your feelings without judgment from others. Try writing once a day or more about how your routine has changed, what your thoughts are, and what you’d like to do differently.[15]
    • If you’ve never journaled before, it can be a little intimidating to start. Think of it as a place for you to express yourself in whatever way you want, whether it’s through words, pictures, or doodles.
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    Write about your personal strengths. If you are overwhelmed with the changes in your life right now, try to ground yourself with encouraging thoughts. Write down a simple list of the things that you do well and what makes you feel proud. Really think about and recognize how you’ve adapted to this new lifestyle and state of the world.[16]
    • For example, you could be proud of your kindness, or your bravery, or your time-management skills.
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    Practice meditation to stay grounded. Spend 20 to 30 minutes every day clearing your mind and focusing on your breathing. Pay attention to how your body feels and what your emotions are. This can help you reconnect with yourself and understand your emotions better.[17]
    • Meditation can be tough at first. If you’re having a hard time, try looking up some guided meditation videos.

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      • This is a new and tough time for everyone. It’s okay if you aren’t productive with your free time.
      • Keep yourself safe by staying 6 feet (1.8 m) away from others and wearing a mask in public.[18]

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      Dealing with grief during the coronavirus pandemic is especially hard, but know that even though these are challenging and uncertain times, you're not alone. If you're up to it, video chat or call your loved ones so you can get the support you need. There are also online support groups or counselors you can turn to, like TalkSpace or BetterHelp. Try to distract yourself by diving into some new hobbies if you feel up to it, like painting, yoga, or anything else that helps keep your mind off of things. While you're working through your grief, try to limit how much news you watch since too much news can be overwhelming and may make you feel worse. It may not be easy, but try to find time to practice a little self-care every day, whether that's taking a bath, getting in a quick nap, or doing something else that can help you relax. For more advice, like how to take care of yourself physically while you're grieving, keep reading.

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