Feeling Grief in Uncertain Times

Hello Friends,

Just a quick check in.  I hope you are your families are staying safe and have the comforts of home –fresh water, a warm bed, food that works for your body, and the opportunity to get outside and breathe the fresh air.

I found this article today on my Twitter feed and wanted to share with you.  It talks about the different types of grief that we may be feeling living in this pandemic. It introduced to me the concept of anticipatory grief, the grief we feel when we are uncertain of our future. Unhealthy anticipatory grief is anxiety–and I know many of us are feeling some level of anxiety.

The article reviews the stages of grief ending with acceptance. “Acceptance is where the power lies”.

Some themes in the article include:

  • Find balance in the things you think about
  • Be present in the moment
  • Focus on what you CAN control
  • Allow yourself to feel your emotions-know that feelings will move through us.

This article is well written and informative. I can’t recommend it enough.

I am thinking of you all! Wash those hands, okay?

Also, if you are looking for some virtual support, consider joining me and GI psychologist, Dr. Tiffany Taft as Epicured and IBS Patient Support Group host another Stronger Together Global Virtual Support Group this Thursday, March 26 at 4 PM EST. Here is the link to sign up.

4 replies on “Feeling Grief in Uncertain Times

  • Laury Hunt

    I saw that one in the Globe this morning and proceeded to send it to my kids and close friends. Every little bit helps.

  • Debbie Gertner

    Thank you! great article and virtual meeting today! I’m new at this and I would like to access the links to resources that were provided today. Could you please let me know how to do so. Thank you

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