How to deal with grief in times of pandemic?

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During the pandemic many of us have had different losses.  From the loss of routine and jobs, to the loss of loved ones.  Going through these processes may be more complicated and overwhelming in the pandemic, but we want to share with you some tips to help you cope with your feelings of grief in the best way possible.  


Loss of a loved one  


COVID-19 has brought new measures that often limit us to staying at home, or the number of people in activities and this includes traditional funeral services.  Regardless of the cause of your loved one’s loss, the way we used to handle grief has had to change a bit.  Here are some tips on how you can cope with the process:  


  1. Find ways to connect with other people.  It may be arranging a video call to pay tribute and share memories you had with your loved one.  From anecdotes to photos they have with the person.
  2. In honor of your loved one you can do a meaningful activity.  Plant a tree or prepare a dinner with their favorite food.  It’s a way to make a ritual that brings back fond memories.
  3. Ask for help when you need it, because your mental health is a priority. You can make an appointment with a psychologist at or by calling 787.789.1996.  


Losses and changes  


  1. Acknowledge and validate your feelings.  If you have to express grief, do it.  It may be by talking to friends or family, through art, cooking, or other practices.  The important thing is that you find what you need to express it.
  2. Implement new habits into your routine.  Play board games with those you live with, exercise outdoors, or even connect with those you love through video calls.
  3. Focus on the present and what you can control, but if you need help doing this there are health professionals available to support you. Make an appointment with a psychologist at or by calling 787.789.1996.  


Whatever your loss, it is always a good idea to seek help.  Find out who in your support network can provide it and if necessary, don’t be afraid to go to therapy.  This is one of the actions we can take to show self-respect and prioritize our mental health. 



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