The Pandemic and Mourning | Highrises/SF

Posted by Leslie Bauer on Monday, May 4th, 2020 at 5:00pm.

 

The Pandemic and Mourning, by Ted Riter

“Unprecedented…unparalleled…extraordinary…” These are some of the adjectives that accompany talk of the COVID-19 Pandemic. These may all be true for the actual virus and how it spreads, but how we move through this time period is all too familiar. 

As a rabbi and leadership coach, guiding people through death, mourning and other crises for the past 25 years, this is what I have learned:

  1. For the mourners, the time immediately after death through the next days, weeks, and longer, can seem surreal. Everyone else is going about their lives as usual, and the mourner’s world has come to a screeching halt.
  2. Life will never be the same again.
  3. There are competing needs to be both with others and have solitary space.
  4. Rituals, ancient and modern, help move the mourner along their path.
  5. Healthy steps back into the world are slow and deliberate, often with a mix of uncertainty and comfort.
  6. Love is possible yet again. 

Though still in the midst of the Pandemic, this is what I see for many of us:

  1. It all feels so surreal. Just two months ago we were going to work, parties, and school, and now everything has come to a screeching halt.
  2. Life will never be the same again.
  3. There are competing needs to be both with others and have solitary space.
  4. Rituals, yet to be created, will help move us along our path.
  5. Healthy steps back into the world are slow and deliberate, often with a mix of uncertainty and comfort.
  6. Love is possible yet again.


 

Let's connect!

A few questions during shelter in place...

 

  1. What is a new activity that you are doing during shelter in place that you've never done before?
  2. What's the one thing you'll do once shelter in place is over?
  3. What is your favorite activity to do that you can't wait to get back to, or the first restaurant you'll go to, once shelter in place is over?

 

Please let me know your answers. I would love to hear from you!


 

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