The COVID-19 pandemic changed many daily aspects of our lives, including how we communicate, shop and work. The grieving process is another pivotal way the pandemic impacted our lives, says Jill Englar, director of bereavement at BridgingLife.
“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing.”
—C. S. Lewis
After the loss of a loved one, grieving takes a toll on your heart. Memories may trigger outbursts of emotion, sometimes when you may least expect it. Intense emotions can come on unexpectedly and persist. These may include shock, numbness, disorientation, sadness, anger, despair, guilt and emptiness.