Grieving Through The COVID Era

Journalist Tara Bahrampour writes, “After 15 months of surges and shutdowns, vaccines have turned the tide of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Infection rates have plummeted. Restaurants and bars are reopening to full capacity, and flights are crammed with people excited to finally take postponed vacations or reunite with relatives. But for millions, there will be no reunions and no return to a pre-pandemic life. Covid has killed nearly 600,000 in the United States and left an estimated 5.4 million grieving. For many of them, watching the country open up feels like the reopening of a wound.”

As we begin to see signs of normalcy and a return to routines as our nation reopens, there are people in our community and our church whose lives will never be normal. They experienced the loss of a loved one during this pandemic. Due to the strict regulations this past year, they could not begin the grieving process that often includes a memorial service where loved ones gather to remember and support each other in the grieving process.

As a church, we desire to serve this grieving community prayerfully and practically. I have suggested to several families that one way we can help them is to consider having a memorial service at the one-year anniversary of their loved one’s death. Invite everyone you know, and lets’ celebrate their life while at the same time help your grieve in a way that brings healing to your life and the loss you have experienced. 

If you or someone you know would like to do that, let us know. You can call the office at 253.853.4787 or email us at [email protected]

Praying with you,

Gino Grunberg

*Also, you can email [email protected] for an automated reply for a list of local support groups and counselors you may want to contact for your situation.