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

By: David Tindall
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

A global pandemic is a very stressful situation, especially for people dealing with mental health issues or grief. They need direct support and compassion, which can be difficult to provide when you need to practice social distancing. At Tindall Funeral Home, we encourage family members and friends to follow the tips mentioned below:

1. Phone Calls Help

Many people hesitate to call grieving individuals because they don’t know if they are intruding. Phone calls are the most direct and effective way to communicate with your loved one. It is a good idea to get in touch at least once or twice a week though you can call more often.

2. Long Conversions Provide Distraction

Long conversations about things of mutual interest can distract a person from their grief. You can talk about everything from hobbies to current socio-political issues. Try to guess your friend’s mood before engaging them in more serious or controversial subjects. It is a good idea to keep things light-hearted, especially if the grief is fresh.

3. Encourage Talking About Grief

Sometimes people need to vent and express their grief. They need a friend to listen and offer comforting words. Don’t push your friend but encourage them to talk about their loss and its influence. Make sure you switch back to happier topics before ending the call to help uplift the mood. Ending on a somber note will only push them further into their grief.

4. Use Technology

Use technology like Skype, WhatsApp, Zoom, or other such software for conference calls or group chats. Grieving individuals will feel supported by a community if speak with a group of people regularly.

If you want to know more about the grieving process or want to arrange for a funeral Contact us at Tindall Funeral Home through our online form or call (315) 468-5521.

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