Is it normal to grieve your pre-pandemic life? A shadow of grief has been cast across millions of people since the beginning of the pandemic, and those who have suffered a direct loss are not alone in feeling this way.

Grief can also be caused by drastic changes to your worldview involving a loss. The public health measures that have been in place since 2020 have contributed to many struggles, such as the absence of a loved one, the end of meaningful employment, and even general disillusionment with how the world works.

As part of the cycle of grief, what began with denial at the beginning of the pandemic may have shifted to anger and frustration as many of these changes have become permanent.

Loss is a shared phenomenon in humanity, but the cultural belief that we need to appear to have “it” all together can keep us from taking the time needed to mourn. Frequent reminders of instability worldwide in our news and social media can contribute to feeling even more overwhelmed and hopeless.

How can we properly grieve the old way of things and accept this “new normal?” Seeking meaning out of loss or traumatic change is a key part of navigating the grieving process.

Many people find having faith to be their source of meaning and hope through grief. Faith might be religious in nature but can also be faith in your personal strength and resilience.

Finding meaning in the journey you’ve been through and the new perspectives you’ve gained may take time, and the answer may never feel worth the cost of what was lost. Loss may be woven into all of our stories, but taking charge of your own narrative can help you begin to overcome the grief.

Seeking this “why” is not attempting to answer why the tragedy first occurred but instead what you intend to live for going forward. Over time, grief finds a more quiet place in your heart and mind with the acceptance of this new reality.

Creating a stronger community can help those mourning to overcome the pain together. Joining a group, allowing those tough conversations to happen, and talking to a professional can be powerful tools to work through grief.

D2 Counseling is here to help you navigate your way through healing with a team of counselors trained in a variety of specialties, including grief therapy. Reach out today to begin your own narrative built on a belief in your future.