COVID has been extremely complex from an emotional point of view—fear, anxiety, anger and…grief. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost loved ones—many of whom died alone without final good-byes on either side. The sadness of the loss is always hard—but the survivor guilt during the pandemic is uniquely COVID. How do survivors close those emotional wounds?
In this edition of the Bottom Line Advocator Podcast with Sarah Hiner, applied psychologist Diane Malaspina, PhD, joins Sarah to help people understand the grief of COVID and find a path to healing.
Highlights of the conversation…
- Why grief during COVID is uniquely difficult (1:40 – 3:35)
- Challenges because the grieving process can’t proceed in normal fashion (3:35 – 5:50)
- Comparing current emotional responses to those of the past (5:50 – 13:36)
- Unique healing from “yoga medicine” (13:36 – 16:30)
- How grief manifests in your body to create physical symptoms (16:30 – 19:52)
- Physical symptoms of grief (19:53 – 22:50)
- Short-term vs. long-term grief processing (22:50 – 24:50)
- Physical self-care is critical to healing (24:50 – 30:00)
- How mantras can help heal (30:00 – 34:20)
- The guilt that accompanies grief during COVID (34:20 – 38:30)
- The opportunity to heal relationship challenges (38:30 – 41:30)
- Returning to life after loss (41:30 –
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