Grief Support: What is Collective Grief?

Everyone goes through their own unique grief experience. However, when a community (local, national, or even international) experiences a tragic/catastrophic loss, the resulting experience is known as collective grief. This is often manifested by feelings of fear, anger, confusion, and lack of control.

While a whole community may be grieving the same loss, each person’s sense of loss may feel completely different. The way everyone copes with the loss may also look different. This, in turn, can cause divisions and judgment within the community.

As the world emerges from the global pandemic that has held us in its grip for the past two years, there is a feeling of shared experience. However, the losses have differed between individuals, families, communities, and nations.

It is important to acknowledge that we are linked by a common thread, and our individual responses are all legitimate. As in all types of grief, the goal is to move forward, validate each other, and grow through our experiences.

Do you need grief counseling? Are you feeling ‘stuck’ in your grief journey?

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