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Community Care Hospice

1669 Rombach Ave.
Wilmington, OH 45177
Phone: 937.382.5400
Fax: 937.383.3898

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Hospice of Central Ohio

Newark

2269 Cherry Valley Rd.
Newark, OH 43055
740.788.1400

Inpatient Care Center

1320 West Main St.
Newark, OH 43055
740.344.0379

Hospice of Central Ohio at
The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center

410 W 10th Ave - 7th Floor
Columbus, OH 43210
614.685.0001

Ohio's Community Mercy Hospice

Mitchell-Thomas Center
100 W. McCreight Ave., Ste. 400
Springfield, OH 45504
Phone: 937.390.9665

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

5940 Long Meadow Dr.,
Middletown, OH 45005
513.422.0300

Ohio's Hospice of Dayton

324 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45420
937.256.4490
1.800.653.4490

Ohio's Hospice of Fayette County

222 N. Oakland Ave.,
Washington Court House, OH 43160
740.335.0149

Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

56 South Oak Street
P.O. Box 445
London, Ohio, 43140

Ohio's Hospice LifeCare

1900 Akron Rd.,
Wooster, OH 44691
330.264.4899

Ohio's Hospice of Miami County

550 Summit Ave., Ste. 101,
Troy, OH 45373
937.335.5191

Identifying and Coping With Living Losses 

Identifying and Coping with Living Losses


Through Pathways of Hope Grief Counseling Centers, Ohio’s Hospice and its affiliates continue to provide opportunities to receive bereavement and supportive services for our patients, their families, our partners and our communities. We are aware that adjusting to the “new normal” of the COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges to our sense of normality and challenged our assumptive world. Bereavement and grief resources can be beneficial as we process our losses. 

David Hargrave, LSW, CPT, bereavement counseling professional at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, an affiliate of Ohio’s Hospice, hosts a three-part video series, Identifying and Coping With Living Losses. A living loss occurs when an individual experiences grief without a death. With normal grief, there is an internal movement towards self-repair, a return to the world. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have lost a part of their everyday lives as they stay at home and limit in-person socializing. 


Part 1 – Identifying and Coping With Living Losses 

David Hargrave discusses and defines grief and living losses. He addresses new challenges people face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grief is the natural human response when we lose someone or something we love. When there are losses or we lose things, there is an automatic grief response. Whenever we experience the death of a loved one, people express their condolences. With living losses, no one has died. Living losses include moving, losing a job, living with a chronic condition, the breakup of a relationship, the death of a dream, loss of a routine because of a natural disaster, and changes in family patterns because of a pandemic.  


Part 2 – Identifying and Coping With Living Losses 

This is the second segment in a three-part video series. David Hargrave continues his discussion about bereavement and living losses. He talks about ways to grieve and provides positive coping tips. With living losses, individuals need to recognize their grief and give themselves permission to grieve. When tasks become monumental, recognize that you are grieving. During the COVID-19 pandemic, people have experienced living losses, including financial losses or the loss of a job. This pandemic has disrupted relationships for school children. A loss of routine is a living loss. Working from home can be a living loss. Each of us experiences living losses in our own way. Assess and then take care of yourself. 


Part 3 – Identifying and Coping With Living Losses 

This is the third segment in a three-part video series. David Hargrave talks more specifically about living losses. He discusses the four tasks of mourning — accepting the reality of the loss; accepting the pain of the loss; adjusting to our new environment; connecting with the past and accepting a new normal. In addition, he identifies the positive coping skills and strategies that will help us as we adjust to this new environment of living losses during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important to work through our grief in a healthy manner. To cope with living and symbolic loss, we need to take care of ourselves, establish a routine, limit news and information, and engage in meaningful age-appropriate discussions. 

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