The changes necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic have created untold losses. These losses include the tangible losses of the loss of loved ones to the virus and the loss of employment and physical workplaces as we were forced to self- isolate at home. The losses that are harder to identify are the intangible ones: loss of community, social interaction, loss of routine, loss of freedom, loss of purpose.
We have been thrown into a state of uncertainty and cannot work toward a solution because the new context and timeline are unknown. This has hit many of us hard and we find ourselves sad, exhausted, dragging, overwhelmed, angry, and frustrated.
A healthier way forward: Being able to name our losses would be helpful, if we could, but most don’t understand the concept of loss, or have the vocabulary to give voice to them. Even if we could name the losses, most will disenfranchise, minimize, or invalidate them and suppress their “negative” emotional responses by comparing their experience to the experience of others; but that’s like saying one shouldn’t sleep because one’s neighbour has trouble sleeping.
To move through this period more effectively as organizations and individuals, we must first acknowledge our individual losses and what they mean to us.