I was recently invited to write a story for my local newspaper, The San Diego Union-Tribune. I was honored to be able to have the opportunity to reach out to the community during this time of global pandemic, when connecting with others has become complicated.
I decided to focus on the topic of grief in my story. It may seem confusing to be grieving right now, especially if no one you know has died from coronavirus. Yet grief and loss can come in many forms. If you are an arts lover, for example, you may be feeling sorrow over the shows you're now missing and the artists you had wanted to support. Or maybe you are missing out on your own opportunities to perform or participate.
I would encourage you to allow yourself to experience these feelings. They may hurt. It may feel like the sorrow will never end. The funny thing is, though, when we tell the truth — particularly the truth about our emotions — the truth tends to shift. Feelings are meant to be experienced, listened to, shared when appropriate, and acted upon. Creativity is a wonderful way to express your truth right now.
This crisis will end one day. Until then, be easy with yourself and others. We're all doing the best we can. And we're all truly in this together.
P.S. My full article can be found here.
Rachel Moore, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapy in San Diego, CA. Rachel helps writers, artists, musicians, and other creative types overcome anxiety and trauma. She is certified in EMDR therapy and also trained in Brainspotting.