Now that we see some hope on the horizon, deaths are lower, and COVID seems much more under control, why do we experience renewed sadness?

You probably understood that working in senior care facilities meant you would experience the death of residents. We’ve talked about how even with this expectation, any death is a loss that has an impact.

Any new loss is a trigger for grief as a normal reaction. Sometimes when we see progress and experience relief from loss and other stressors, it becomes more difficult to face the new ones that arise.

This week, remember that grief can look like anxiety, sadness, anger, or any variety of emotions. It is normal to be experiencing ongoing grief at this time, even when things are looking hopeful.

You can celebrate hope and honor your grief at the same time. Notice what gives you the most relief, what keeps you the most hopeful and keep doing that!