Many of us are sad. We watch the news and see what’s going on, but it’s not what’s getting to the core of what is giving us anxiety. We can’t see our friends, family, or colleagues. We’re missing birthdays, holidays, and babies being born. And, when we look ahead, we see things will never be the same again. Experts and scientists keep saying that even when we’re able to go back to work or be with our friends, things are still going to be different. Handshakes, hugs— all of that is over. Social distancing is something we’re going to have to do. I’ve heard even mental health experts say many of us will come out of this with PTSD—because we’re living day-to-day and not processing our feelings and losses.
Yet—we are grateful for our blessings… we may have a job, we are staying healthy, our families are well, we have homes, etc. How do we hold those blessings and gratitude and still able to feel a sense of sadness and loss? How do we grieve what we’ve lost in a healthy way?