Losses and Mourning: reflections of the pandemic

In this second half of 2021, nineteen months after the start of the pandemic caused by SARS-CoV 2, we believe that it is necessary to talk about the collective grief we are experiencing. To open its 11th edition, Filmambiente asked psychologist, specialist in loss and grief, Mariana Clark, to help us understand how to deal with this grief that affects all of us, collectively, and the best way to overcome it.

"We have been living for a year and a half a collective mourning that has many implications and consequences for our routine, as well as for our society.

We all live or know someone very close to us who experienced greatest anguish with this pandemic.

Not only because we lost people we love, but because it drastically changed our lives, and above all because it boosted important aspects that have always lived inside us. Our most intimate, deepest and most disorganizing side - when we experience emotions such as anger, fear, guilt, regrets, helplessness, among others.

The context is extremely threatening and mobilizing and is characterized by 3 aspects: Mass deaths / Overlapping losses / End of the known world.

The scenario is still very disturbing although we have an important breath of hope with mass vaccination.

Talking about death is in fact very distressing but it keeps us away from illness processes. Thinking about losing people we love or thinking about our own death and leaving people we love is very scary.

However, every day it becomes more necessary and essential to talk about the imperatives and threats that this disease has imposed on us.

In order to move away from mental illness processes, it is very important to find safe and affectionate spaces to ventilate our pain. The glass is full, we are all overloaded, but at this moment it is important to look for solutions, within what is possible for each of us, in order to recover the trust and hope in our society, in the coming months and in our future.” Mariana Clark

Mariana Clark

October 28th
(Brazil time | GMT -3)

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