Covid-19 swept across the world and terrified us. The conversation of loss was prevalent everywhere, but what about the conversation about grief?
For us, we think that the conversation about grief was opened up by the pandemic, however, people still do not have the language to be able to hold the conversation. Grief is no longer something tragic that people ignore, it is a very real possibility for everyone at some point in their life. However, people do not have the tools how to hold space when individuals talk about their losses. We think people are so afraid of saying the wrong thing, that they prefer to be quiet; yet this can be more alienating because we can’t read your minds and feel the love of your intentions 🧠
Further to this, the services needed, grief counselling, and grief groups (within institutions such as universities), are few and far between.
As a result, we think grief is still something people do not know how to handle. Everyone knows grief exists, but they would prefer it to exist at the edge of society, between the people who experience it. The effect of this has been a massive rise in online platforms (such as this one!) where we can communicate with each other, where we show each other every day that you are not alone, you are accepted and loved ❤️🩹
Another question we asked is whether society accepts our grief. Most of you said no, and we think the result of all of these factors contribute to why the majority of you said no 🤍
What do you think? Have you noticed a change in societal attitudes to grief since the rise of Covid-19?
Katie & Evee
Some of you who don’t have access to our Instagram have wanted us to share some of the things we post there! Our Instagram has a lot more education-based posts, which I hope you’ll enjoy.