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The death of a loved one can certainly be a difficult life event to go through, making one grieve, and be filled with a profound sense of sorrow. This is especially true when we lose a parent, as they form the foundation of our life, loving, guiding, and nourishing us to become self-reliant adults.
It is a catastrophe that one faces at such times, and could make a person truly struggle while coping with the loss of a loved one. The Covid-19 pandemic has left many families bereaved. To better understand how one can initiate their journey towards coping with the loss of a parent, we spoke to Kamna Chhibber, Head, Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Healthcare.
Talking about the feeling of loss, Chhibber said, “Grief is a complex state which brings with it numerous emotions and thoughts. There is no singular trajectory that individuals follow in order to work through the experiences of loss and cope with the same.”
People are typically likely to go through multiple experiences such as:
All this happens till they reach a point where they are able to accept the loss of the person.
Chhibber recommended the following tips to cope with the loss:
“A sense of loss may never be replaced after a loved one departs, with some help, a person in grief can at least have a shot at normalcy and continuity,” concluded Chhibber.