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That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief

That discomfort you're feeling is grief. This is the title to an article published by the Harvard Business Review - not a publication often associated with emotional support.

That discomfort you’re feeling is grief. This is the title to an article published by the Harvard Business Review – not a publication often associated with emotional support. But, according to our Bereavement and Emotional Support Counsellor, Mary Le Hegarat, it is spot on and is what she has been sharing in resilience workshops with Hospice staff over the last few weeks.

The article explores how the losses we’re experiencing as a result of COVID19 (including the loss of “normal”) feels like grieving. This is “anticipatory grief” as we face the unknown of how things will be in the coming weeks, knowing that deaths will happen, and worrying about how we might be impacted. Mary reminds us that it’s important to recognise that we grieve before and after loss, as well as for future losses to come even if we’re not aware of it. It’s not, therefore, about how big or small the impact is on us, but how we manage those losses that will help us move forwards.

Speaking to someone about how you feel and the changes you are facing may help you feel less alone with your grief and Hospice’s bereavement and emotional support team are available to support all Islanders. See www.jerseyhospicecare.com for more information