Grieving 2020 - David Werdiger
Perspective for family business and covid grieving

The pandemic is not over, but after nearly a year, we know a lot more, and there are reasons for hope. There are feelings of ambiguous loss, of knowing we can’t go back (and perhaps not wanting to), but missing who we were and what we had “before”.

As 2020 draws to a close, we may be catching up with family, in some cases after being separated for a long time. It is a time to celebrate being able to reconnect, but also to recap all the *(&^$ we’ve been through during the year.

Grief is a process, and in order to come out the other side of it, it is important to actually grieve. We can do this both individually, and as families. Rather than have COVID talk dominate our family gatherings, it might be helpful to formally acknowledge what we have lost during this year. At a family gathering, you might go around the table and have each person briefly review the impact of COVID during the year on them, and on the family at large. Once that it done, you could agree as a group to formally close the book on 2020, and take a fresh positivity into the coming new year.

Consider This: Has your grief over COVID been continuous throughout the year? Has every meeting started with a mandatory rant about COVID? Have you thought about both the positives and the negatives? Have you thought about how life might look for you and your family post-COVID?

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