Not being able to gather with loved ones to celebrate holidays can be especially difficult during this time. Although Marylanders have been ordered to stay home in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, that doesn’t mean that they can’t connect with family members. It just requires a little creativity.
“We have to understand that social distancing must happen for us all to be safe,” says Jessica Roschen, a Carroll Hospice bereavement counselor. “The holidays are typically a time of togetherness. Even though we cannot physically be together now, we can still connect in other ways.”
Roschen shares a few ideas:
- Talk to friends and family on the phone, through video chatting or social media
- Decorate your house with lights to bring cheer
- Or decorate your windows and doors with symbols of faith or holiday decorations
- Enjoy a virtual meal together through video conferencing services or apps
- Participate in a virtual toast and ask everyone to share their hopes for the future
- Make homemade gifts and cards for family and friends
- Get dressed up for the holidays, take a family picture at home and share with family and friends on social media
- Reminisce about past holidays and reflect on special memories
Most importantly, Roschen suggests that we remember to be kind to ourselves and to each other.
“Remind yourself that this pandemic is only temporary,” she says. “And we can have the hope that next year, around this time, life will be back to some normalcy.”