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How to Virtually Cope With Grief

Many people struggle to cope with grief. Know that you are not alone. We recognize your strength this time and aim to encourage you to take that leap of faith toward healing. The pandemic showed us that grief can’t always be expressed in a way we are used to. It made us realize the importance of finding new ways to support each other during times of loss.

Depression rates have soared in recent years, and it’s important to take steps to safeguard your mental health. To learn more about depression treatment services, call us today at 304.410.0082.

Understanding Grief

Navigating grief feels like a cage forming around you. People may not visually see what you are going through but it becomes a heavy load that weighs you down.

However, it does not have to feel this way. It’s time to free yourself from this emotional cage and walk in wholeness.

Signs of Grief

Grief comes in varying symptoms. In fact, there are many visible signals of grief. Some of these signs include:

  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Loneliness
  • Isolation
  • Sadness
  • Uncertainty
  • Guilt (responsibility for the loss)
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Low self esteem

While these are some of the symptoms of grief, the steps are non-linear. Many people expect grief to come and go smoothly from acceptance to healing, but it comes in waves. When people grieve, they often begin to think about what this loss means to them and how it affects daily life. This stage is known as the meaning-making process and that is natural in the process of grieving.

Different Kinds of Grief

You may be experiencing grief of losing your job, security, going through a divorce, or even losing a loved one. While these are different types of grief, they are all forms of grief that you may be dealing with. The grief of losing a job is called a “living or ambiguous loss” because of the lack of closure that these situations create for you.

Know that your healing process should not have a strict timeline on it. It’s important, in any form of grief that you go through, to be honest with yourself and others about how you are feeling in the moment.

Begin Your Path Toward Wholeness

Take heart, because when you lose someone or something, look for that voice in other people and circumstances. For instance, if someone loses a mother or mother figure, notice the other figures like that in your life. If you lose your job, focus on the time you get to spend with family. Try your best to focus on the positive.

The effects of the pandemic showed us that self-care is imperative and often an act of resistance and self-preservation. Instead of forgetting to take care of your mental health, prioritize it and lean into your own healing process.

How Can You Virtually Cope With Grief?

If physical connection isn’t possible, virtual coping mechanisms can provide space to grieve collectively and individually. Here are six ways to cope with grief virtually:

1. Online Support Groups

Joining online support groups for people who have experienced similar losses can help you feel less alone and provide a safe space to share your feelings and experiences.

2. Virtual Therapy Sessions

Many therapists are now offering virtual therapy sessions to provide support and guidance during this difficult time.

3. Online Creative Outlets

Finding online platforms that allow you to express your grief through writing, art, or other creative outlets can be therapeutic and help you process your emotions.

4. Virtual Memorial Services

If you are unable to attend a loved one’s funeral or memorial service in person, many are now being live-streamed or recorded for virtual attendance.

5. Social Media Detox

Taking a break from social media can be beneficial in reducing your exposure to triggering content and allowing yourself time for self-care.

6. Online Mindfulness Practices

Participating in online mindfulness practices such as meditation, yoga, or breathing techniques can help you find peace and calm during times of grief.

Learn More About Virtual Grief Counseling at Harmony

Grief is a universal experience that we all go through at some point in our lives. It may feel overwhelming but know that you are not alone and there are resources available to help you navigate your journey toward healing.

Harmony’s team of licensed professionals are here to support you through your individual and collective loss. We offer virtual therapy services that cater to the unique needs of each client.

Reach out today for more information on our grief counseling services and how we can support you during this difficult time. Remember, healing is possible, and you are not alone in your journey toward wholeness.

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