With constant talk and news coverage of the latest COVID variants (and even subvariants) like Omicron and Delta, these are stress-inducing times, to say the least.
Mourning a loved one right now is especially difficult, as pandemic-related restrictions may keep some families from grieving in the way they would prefer.
At Cypress Lawn, our experienced staff is able to help you and your family even in the midst of another wave of COVID variants. Here are a few tips for our neighbors in San Francisco and the Bay Area who are mourning a loved one and in need of support and guidance:
Connect with family and friends.
Grieving a loved one can feel alienating and lonely, even under ordinary circumstances. COVID-induced health and safety protocols may exacerbate these feelings in those who are mourning a loss. Even if the only way you can connect with a family member or friend right now is through a phone or video call, make a commitment to connect with those you love.
Celebrate your loved one’s memory.
Taking the time to commemorate your loved one’s unique life can be a healing experience for those who are left behind. We encourage families to personalize their loved one’s funeral or memorial service with a memory table, special music, or decorated casket. Even a small gesture like serving your loved one’s favorite dish at their reception can be a restorative act. Our knowledgeable team is always here to explore personalization options with you.
Seek help when you need it.
Alongside COVID news you’ll often find information and opinions on the mental health crisis brought about by this pandemic. If you don’t regularly see a therapist or counselor, consider making an appointment. A mental health professional can help you navigate the complexity of grief amidst global upheaval and ever-changing COVID guidelines. Our compassionate staff is here to connect you with a grief counselor or grief and aftercare resources.