Many people have faced unimaginable loss due to the pandemic and have not been able to be comforted so we have some ideas to offer support online or by taking socially distanced measures.
South Africa (19 January 2021) – We have all been touched by loss since the start of the pandemic; whether that be the loss of a loved one, loss of income, loss of a job or loss of freedoms. As humans, we love to offer comfort and support to those who need, but the pandemic has meant we need to change how we do that.
Gone are the days of comforting hugs, but that doesn’t mean we can’t offer comfort online or by taking socially distanced measures. We had a brainstorm and came up with some ways you can offer comfort to a loved one or friend in need. These measures will ensure they know you are there without actually being there.
Kind and Supportive Words
Words are incredibly powerful and can be a great comfort when times are tough. Sometimes words do not need to be part of a conversation but rather a simple message letting your loved one or friend know you are thinking of them and readily available if needed.
Words of encouragement can be the difference in someone’s day. It is always a comfort to know you are thought of.
Sometimes words need to be pushed aside and all you can do is listen. In many instances, a person doesn’t need advice, they need someone to vent their frustrations to.
A good tip here is to offer that opportunity as many people tend to bottle their burdens out of fear of burdening someone else. By telling a loved one or friend you are there to just listen, to be the punching bag they need, you help them release some of the internal pressure they feel in that moment.
Sometimes it is easiest to process and understand our feelings when we hear them out loud. Which is an added comfort you end up offering.
One of the ways we as humans seek comfort is through food. You can provide that comfort thanks to modern innovations. From ordering all the ingredients and having them delivered, to sending a takeaway or cooking a home-cooked meal and leaving it on the doorstep so your loved one or friend doesn’t have to break their isolation.
This is also an incredibly thoughtful thing to do for anyone who has also recently been diagnosed with mild COVID. You can ensure they are getting a good meal so they can have the strength to combat the virus.
Many online businesses have been started during the pandemic. Some we have seen offer comfort in the way of care packages. These services put together a package for a loved one or friend and all you need to do is write a thoughtful message to go along with it. Supporting these means you support a small business, which means you help a family survive this pandemic financially.
If you are not able to use an online service, you can make up a care package yourself and either courier it or again, leave it on their doorstep.
Here are some ideas of things to put in a care pack:
- A good distracting book
- A health snack and a not-so-healthy one
- Their favourite warm drink (tea, coffee, hot chocolate etc)
- A short note to tell them you love them
- A new pair of comfy socks
- A spa item (face mask, hand cream, hair mask, bubble bath etc)
- An uplifting scented candle
- A save-the-date for an activity to do together when regulations allow
Watch a Movie Together-Apart
Streaming services are all the rage these days so you can always buy your friend or loved one a voucher for a month of service. Then select a movie to watch together and using Zoom, FaceTime or a video call, watch the movie at the same time from the comfort of your own homes. A comedy will have you both laughing in no time and soon they won’t feel so alone in their loss.
What are some of the ways you have supported friends and family through their losses? Let us know your suggestions in the comment section so others can get even more inspiration.
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