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COVID-19 - I'm here to help
Megan Devine entitles her grief support book:
It's Okay That You're Not Okay.
It is okay that you are not okay.
Disagreements, fractures, disappointments, loss, absences and deprivations are universal experiences. And so too is love...
There are no exceptions.
Sometimes we need someone to talk with, beyond the
well-meaning platitudes and pat explanations offered by family, friends and confidants. Life is ever changing.
COVID 19... the breadth and depth of loss is staggering. We are all impacted in so many profound ways. I myself was stricken with COVID-19 in mid-March, 2020. After 12 days the test came back negative, but doctors confirmed I did; probable false negative.
For three days I was not clear I would survive. I left instructions
for my daughter, my POAPC, to call the police if she hadn't heard from me in 36 hours.
I made it through, with great support, and after three weeks of desperate illness, I recovered. I get it. I get the myriad ways we have all lost, our innocence, our normalcy and routines, our contacts and sense of connectedness, our identity, the frighening uncertainty about 'next'; our very sense of ourselves. I'm here to talk it all through, support you, and offer some perspective, strategies, reality, and hope.
As we gather, we are reminded that Guelph is situated on treaty land that is steeped in rich Indigenous history and home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis people today. Guelph is situated on the ancestral homelands of the Anishinaabek Peoples, specifically the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Crediit First Nation.
Through Between the Lakes Purchase No. 3 Treaty (1792) the Mississaugas of the Credit ceded to the British Crown over 3 000 000 acres of land between Lakes Huron, Ontario and Erie.
I am committed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. We must all do our part to learn, share and support truth and healing.
We struggle with:
- Death - of a loved one... or not so loved one
- End of relationships, separation, divorce
- Pet companion loss
- Compromise of physical and/or
- Stress at work, career change, job loss, being downsized
- Spiritual /existential distress.
- Financial stressors - buying and selling
- Moving, Immigration
- Life Transitions - marriage, empty nest, retirement
- Coming out
- Emotional distancing from children as they
become independant, fail to launch, faceaddictions
- Growing up, growing apart, growing old
- Navigating COVID-19 in our lives
- And many, many more changes...