We are all sharing a collective experience right now in the time of Covid-19. It is scary, it is uncertain, it is overwhelming, it is exhausting, and it is a rollercoaster. I've struggled to make sense of this experience myself and when I came across this interview of David Kessler in the Harvard Business Review, I found comfort, insight, and most importantly, hope. Kessler describes this collective experience as grief, and provides a very clear conceptualization of how what we are all going through resembles the six stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, sadness, acceptance, and meaning-making. He also provides helpful tips for coping with this grief and concludes with a hopeful and helpful reminder that this is temporary and we are more resilient than we think.
Diana Gordon, Psy.D., Kari Kagan Psy.D., and Katie Leoni, Psy.D.
Drs. Gordon, Kagan, and Leoni practice psychotherapy in downtown San Francisco and Oakland. Their areas of expertise include anxiety, sleep, stress, depression, and addiction. They blog about these topics to provide research-based information about common problems and strategies to help manage them.