Dear <<First Name>>
It’s been one year since our country shut down because of COVID-19. One year of wearing masks, not shaking hands, or hugging people we don’t live with. One year of not traveling, chatting at lunch with coworkers, or exercising at the gym without a second thought. One year of fear and anxiety.
The individual and collective losses that we’ve experienced during this time are greater than we could have ever imagined. This past year has been filled with so much grief, loss, and feelings of isolation from our family and friends.
Thankfully, with the development and distribution of vaccines, the end of the pandemic seems to finally be in sight.
One of the most important things that we can do to manage and heal from grief and trauma is to name it. Speaking about what happened and how it impacted us allows our brains to make sense of the collective trauma and grief that we’ve experienced this past year. It helps us create a path to healing.
At The Ladipo Group, we started this process for ourselves a few weeks ago. We gathered as a group to talk about the impact that COVID had on us as people. We didn’t talk about reopening plans or how COVID impacted our clients but instead, we simply focused on ourselves.
Here are a few questions that guided our discussions that may also be helpful for you to reflect on for yourself, with your family, and at work.
- What were your reactions when you first learned about COVID last year?
- As we moved into spring 2020 and our region began shutting down, what were you thinking and feeling?
- What did you do to cope?
- What’s been hard about the past year?
- What’s been surprising to you about the past year?
Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion (a movie quote from Steel Magnolias) summarizes how I felt when talking with my team. The ability to connect and feel joy while also experiencing grief and sadness has been present throughout this year.
Tell us, how are you marking the anniversary of COVID? How are you processing the past year? What has worked for you?