Facing collective and individual loss

Facing collective and individual loss

For many of us, this is the first time we’re experiencing collective loss on this scale. A loss of normal and a loss of control.

We’re also experiencing many varying individual losses. A loss of employment, having to cancel a wedding, losing the experience of a pregnancy marked with babyshowers and celebrations and others facing the loss of a loved one. Even just the loss of ‘normal life’ and a restriction of movement is having a massive impact on many of us.

It’s easy to compare but we’re each sitting with our own apple, pear, cherry or watermelon. It’s not the same. Yet collectively we’re all struggling.

It’s helpful to remember that and to have empathy and understanding for the struggles others are facing. First, you need to do this for yourself though. Allow some space for the sorrow. Grieve the things that are important to you that you’ve lost.

Whether you are religious or not, the serenity prayer can be helpful here:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

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