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Living With Grief: How to Be OK When You're Not OK

A year-long series dedicated to life after loss.
By Health.com Editors
September 08, 2021

To date, 641,725 people in the US have died from COVID-19. But loss is more than a tally or a statistic; it's a boulder thrown into the ocean with incalculable ripple effects. In the past year and a half, many of us have experienced loss: a loved one, a relationship, a job, a routine, a way of life, perhaps even a sense of purpose. And though we're collectively suffering, we're not collectively grieving. Before COVID-19, we could choose to ease our grief with myriad distractions: work, friends, day-to-day commitments. We had a community of human connection to rally with and around. Now, we're masked, distanced, and divided. How in this moment in history do we dig deep into our untapped reserves and make it through? 

Throughout the next 12 months, Health will highlight the stories of those who've learned how to carry their grief and transform their losses into a sense of gain. We'll also provide the latest expertise and tools available to help make the journey more bearable. Grief may be an uninvited guest, but if we learn how to make room for it, then maybe we can also find a new, lighter way of living. 

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