Mourning and Grief In The Age Of COVID-19 with Jamie Sarche

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My calling is helping people be less afraid of death. By helping them to provide their loved ones with a planned and funded funeral or memorial service, they create a path for bereavement, long before it’s need. Truly, I help people live a better, more meaningful life.

Jamie Sarche, Director of Pre-Planning, Feldman Mortuary

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Jamie Sarche is a TEDx speaker, consultant, and the Director of Pre-Planning at Feldman Mortuary.

We spoke with Jamie about how to process death during this unthinkable time of our older, vulnerable population passing away during COVID-19 lockdowns, and family not able to be present.

In this episode we address grief and the ways that we can experience loss in a way that encourages growth. COVID-19 has brought a lot of grief into our lives; from the loss of a job, the loss of rituals, the loss of loved ones, and the loss of our normalcy. Our conversation with Jaime addresses the need to get to a new normal with understanding that our previous ‘normal’ cannot return. Watch this episode to hear about:

  • How funerals have changed and society is stuck grieving the loss of tradition, ritual, employment and loved ones. These are only some examples of the losses people are facing in the midst of COVID-19.
  • Grieving is not linear, it does not always follow specific stages. It is the need to ‘grow a new limb.’
  • There are no right ways and there are no right words. The best thing you can do is just be with someone in their grief and be with your own self in this. We are all grieving. 

Be in whatever the feelings are that you have; fear, anger, anxiety, disappointment, gratitude… Then recognize that we aren’t going to go back to normal. There is no longer the normal we knew. This is true for the death of a loved one and true for other kinds of grieving.

Jamie Sarche, Director of Pre-Planning, Feldman Mortuary

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