It’s Okay to Mourn Your Pre-Pandemic Life: Here's How

By Stacey Feintuch
Reviewed by Susan Ko, Ph.D.
October 17, 2022

It feels like just about everyone has lost something to the pandemic—a loved one, a job, an opportunity to celebrate a milestone, a less-fraught way of interacting with the world and others in it, and so much more.

Grief—the anguish or sorrow a person may feel after a significant loss—is an appropriate and common feeling for people to experience during the pandemic. It’s understandable to feel grief when life looks different than it did before, says Karyn Rosenberg, a licensed clinical social worker who practices in Boca Raton, Florida, and specializes in grief and loss counseling. It helps you adapt to change and losses, whether of people, places (like a shuttered local retail store or favorite restaurant), or routines.

Grief also helps us look forward to the future. “Sometimes, the best we can hope for is simply to keep moving, or to move forward toward the new life or way of being that is emerging,” says Sherry Cormier, Ph.D., a psychologist and bereavement trauma specialist who authored Sweet Sorrow: Finding Enduring Wholeness After Loss and Grief.