Most people have heard about Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s stages of grief. Based on work dying patients she suggested that when faced with their own mortality people experience a a similar set of responses including denial, anger, bargaining, depression and eventually acceptance. It turns out that such feelings are common when we are faced with any sort of significant loss.
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic all of us have lost things we care about. Some of us are grieving the loss of time with friends and family, others the inability to travel, shop or eat out, and still others missed weddings, graduations, proms, or funerals. Understanding these responses can help us process our feelings and keep things in perspective. While we look forward to our world returning to normal when the pandemic ends, there is something to be said for spending some of our “stay safe, stay home” time connecting with ourselves, and thinking about where we really want to go when the doors open again.