the Red Oak Recovery<sup>®</sup> wordmark in color

How Grief and COVID-19 Are Connected

Experience clinician-run addiction treatment at Red Oak Recovery® in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains

How Grief and COVID-19 Are Connected

The coronavirus pandemic has created intense situations that lead to trauma. Even if you thought you were healthy, strong, and completely capable of functioning at the highest level before COVID-19, you might now feel overwhelmed. There are multiple types of grief possible here. Dealing with this is essential, but not easy. It is quite common for people to need to reach out to a professional for support and guidance. At Red Oak Recovery®, we can help you through this. To learn more about our men’s treatment center in North Carolina, contact our team today at 866.457.7590.

Why Do You Feel Grief Related to COVID-19?

There are various reasons you may feel depression, intense sadness, despair, and grief. Some people feel like this because of how much their lives have changed. They cannot get a hug from a family member or engage in activities they have long enjoyed. They may also feel grief because of their inability to go to school or find a new relationship.

Another type of grief related to COVID-19 is due to the loss of loved ones. While death is always an inherent part of our lives, this pandemic has changed that. Now, a person is dying, but doing so alone, where you cannot be there to witness what is happening or offer support. You may feel helpless to do anything for yourself or your loved ones. Even if your loved one does not have the coronavirus, you may be unable to be there during those final moments. That’s terrifying. You may also feel guilty because you cannot “fix” what is happening.

Many other types of loss and trauma can create an intense level of grief. These causes can include:

  • Worrying about loved ones
  • Financial anxiety
  • Family member disruptions
  • Lack of ability to protect yourself
  • Job loss
  • Loss of special plans and experiences

How to See the Signs of Grief

Recognizing the various types of grief happening in your life is essential. You may feel as though you are doing okay and getting through the day. Yet, what you may not be doing is processing what is happening.

Grief is a very normal reaction to loss. It doesn’t mean something is wrong. However, if you do not work through it, you are more at risk for complications. It’s important to recognize signs that you may need more than just time. For example, you may feel anger and be irritable often. You may find you don’t want to get out of bed, and you cannot focus on the tasks you need to complete. Some people find that they are re-living what often happens, playing out the loss repeatedly.

When you find yourself in this type of situation, where your grief is significantly impacting your life, it may be time to reach out for help in the form of mental health treatment. COVID-19 is making it more critical than ever that people have access to this type of care.

Finding the Right Level of Treatment

If you are facing the need for support during COVID-19, reach out to our team. We offer a range of treatment options and therapies that can provide assistance to you, including:

The grief you feel does not have to control your life. Please recognize that you may need a bit of support and guidance to move beyond it. We can do that for you in mental health treatment.

There Is Help Available to You at Red Oak Recovery®

COVID-19 has changed the world, putting many people in a dangerous place. Our team at Red Oak Recovery® provides the one-on-one support and guidance you need to work through these complications. Let us provide mental health treatment to you. Reach out to our compassionate counselors by contacting us at 866.457.7590 today.