​It occurred to me a few weeks into sheltering at home when I felt heavy and listless, unproductive and irritable, about WHY I was feeling this way. Grief. I was grieving.

Maybe you can relate. If you’ve ever grieved the loss of a loved one, you, too, may have been taken back to those feelings. It dawned on me why this felt familiar, even though no one I knew had died. But so much was lost when the pandemic swept the world: my routine, hugs, simple shopping trips, a sense of security, and so much more.

This time in April 2020 resonated with how I felt after losing my brother in 2008, and my mom in 2017. Heavy. Listless. Foggy-brained. Sometimes it was hard to muster any energy for even simple daily tasks such as showering, doing some dishes, or checking email.

When I realized I was grieving – as were so many people – it helped put a framework around why I was having such a hard time getting motivated to do much of anything. When discussing with my friend, Sandy Walden, topics we wanted to cover in our video series, we both recognized that grief should be on our list – and soon.

Grief is a journey. If you’ve been dealing with the loss of someone you love, this time of Covid-19 is another layer of loss. We invited author and grief coach Jan McDaniel to join us for a conversation with tips and strategies for navigating the ups and downs of grief. She’s a writer from the southeastern United States and creates projects for survivors of traumatic loss, including suicide loss.

Note: Though it wasn’t mentioned during the video, Jan wanted me to include this information about her voice disorder. She shares, “I have Spasmodic Dysphonia. My type is genetic. My mom and grandmother had it, too. It’s not an issue other than the sound. If others have this, they usually have never heard anyone else with it. It can be comforting.” Here is a website with more information.

“When you are isolated like this, because grief is so isolating even at the best of times, it becomes important to surround yourself with what you need.” —Jan McDaniel

Let’s keep the conversation going

Please let me know in the comments what how you’ve been navigating grief, what resources you found helpful, and any other questions or comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

More about Sandy and Manda

I’m Manda Stack, Intuitive Coach and Energy Clearing Specialist. I’ve dedicated my life to helping people get calm, clear, and connected so that they can make empowered decisions to live with joy, confidence, and freedom. My signature services include personal energy clearing sessions by video or phone. Click here for more information.

I’m Sandy Walden of Serenity. As a Grief Coach, Grief Coach Trainer, Reiki master/teacher Hypnotist and Author, I’m honored to support those who’ve experienced the heartbreak of loss. To walk the path with you through grief into healing. I don’t judge, but simply accept, because that’s where healing begins. I share possibilities, experiences, and explore the gifts that are yours when you’re ready to receive them. For more information visit: SandyWalden.com

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