Kristen Ernst is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
With all the recent news and chaos, it seems appropriate to address how this social distancing can affect your grief. When you are grieving a lost loved one, isolation and depression are a direct correlation of sorrow. As a grief counselor, I usually implore those in mourning to get out and have a cup of coffee, visit a grief class, or attend a luncheon with friends. With the current status of our community, those moments are becoming obsolete. Mindfulness becomes a necessary attribute. As the community is being mindful about its interaction with others, it is important to be attentive to your own self care plan during this time.
Connecting with others is important and it can be via Skype, or Facetime, or telephone. Write a letter to a friend. Write a poem about your loved one, work in the garden, or de-clutter a closet. Turn to meditation or prayer as a source of comfort. Take this time to connect to your own body and your own feelings. Remember that information is important, but sensationalism is rampant. Know when it is time to step away from social media, the news coverage, or the paper. Fill that time with connection and fulfillment with a book, a series on television, or reaching out to a friend.
Grief groups have always been a source of connection and validation at Baue Funeral Homes. After much contemplation, it has been decided to postpone the vast array of support groups during this time of social distancing. Please refer to the website to get up to date information about cancellations and events that are being postponed. Because group meetings have been discouraged, these decisions were heavily contemplated and decided based upon keeping our community safe and the greater good. Feel free to reach out to a friend, a counselor, or family member in lieu of meeting in large crowds at this moment. Though you may feel you are alone, there are many in that same trench. Mindfully reach out to your sources of support and know that Baue Funeral Homes will continue to be an emotional safety net in the days ahead.
During this time of recommended quarantine, Baue Funeral Homes is working to be proactive and innovative pertaining the community’s grief. In an effort to better serve the area, I am stepping out of my own comfort zone and hosting a grief group via zoom. The meeting information is listed below. The meeting will be an effort to unify and collaborate on how to process these feelings of grief combined with the current crisis. Even during this time of social distancing, we can stand together in support and unity for each other.