One of the most important things you can do when faced with the death of a loved one is to allow yourself to grieve. You may experience shock, anger, sadness, and can even feel lost or helpless. This is normal, but it is necessary to express these feelings because keeping them in will only lessen your ability to cope.
Talk to your family and friends about what you are feeling. It is likely that they are feeling the same emotions as you and talking about it will help you cope and find closure. Talking about your loved one after their death is also a great way to honor their memory and help you appreciate the moments you had with them. There are other ways to honor them as well, including donating to their favorite charities, planting a tree in their memory, or spending time with family to share stories and reminisce with photos of fun times. These kinds of activities, while they may seem difficult, will help you find closure and acceptance.
When you experience the death of a family member, you will be filled with many emotions and may also be required to do things like make funeral arrangements or work with their estate planners to carry out their final will. During this time, it is imperative that you take care of yourself and not neglect your needs – eat well, get plenty of rest, and try to continue doing the things that bring you joy. Whether this is exercise or spending time with friends, this will help you cope and keep a level head while dealing with other responsibilities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been part of our lives for only just over a year, but for many who have spent most of 2020 and the first part of 2021 isolating and social distancing, it feels like much longer.
With vaccine rollout underway, the idea of returning to a more normal way of life comes with mixed feelings. On the one hand, there is relief at being able to spend time with loved ones once again, especially older relatives who had to be especially cautious to avoid being exposed to COVID-19. On the other hand, there are questions about the protection the vaccines offer and what this means in real terms for our ability to gather in groups.
You may be wondering, is it safe to visit my parents or grandparents after they have received the vaccine?
The answer to that question will vary according to your unique circumstances and comfort levels.
Vaccines offer a light at the end of the tunnel
Overall, the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective and will make it safer for senior citizens to socialize with others after they receive both doses. A two-week waiting period after vaccination is also strongly recommended before socializing again in order to allow time for the best possible immunity to develop.
There is a caveat, however. Collectively, it would be unwise to relax our vigilance just yet. It’s important to remember that we are still in the early stages of vaccine rollout and only a small portion of the population has been vaccinated. COVID-19 is still spreading and gatherings with other people still pose a risk.
It’s important to continue following safety protocols
For these reasons, seniors are strongly encouraged to continue wearing face masks and to follow physical distancing guidelines even after they have received the vaccine.
For the same reasons, you and your family members should consider carefully your plans to visit your elderly relatives and what precautions will be necessary should you decide to do so.
Understanding the risks and benefits
Information about the COVID-19 vaccines and their effectiveness at stopping the spread of the virus is still being collected. Given some of the uncertainty that exists, it could be possible that a vaccinated person could carry and pass the virus to others without ever showing symptoms themselves.
That’s why the wisest course of action for the time being is to remain cautious. If you make the decision to visit your parents or grandparents, the most responsible way to do so is by wearing face masks and limiting the amount of close contact you have with them.
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