Mental Health Awareness Month: Recognizing the Pandemic’s Influence on Ambiguous Loss & Grief
Recorded On: 05/18/2022
Did you experience a sudden shift in your way of living when COVID-19 hit? At times, do you feel as though you are still picking up the pieces from its impact? The COVID-19 pandemic impacted all of us whether it be from having lost a loved one due to the illness or having lost a job, sense of safety, access to our social network, or our “normal” way of living.
You may be overwhelmed, battling anxiety, and/or grieving all that you may have lost. Honestly, you may even be trying to navigate all three at the same time. As we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, we want you to take a moment to reflect on a few questions:
- How do you feel you are handling all that COVID-19 has brought (or taken away from) you?
- How are your family and friends adapting?
- How has your organization recognized and helped your employees?
Join Brittany Squillace, MA, LMFT, Therapist and Grief Counselor as she talks about the impacts of COVID-19 from a grief and loss perspective. She’ll provide an understanding around feelings of loss and how we’ve all had to adapt and guide you through exercises allowing you to begin creating the space to properly grieve the loss (or multiple losses). In addition, Brittany will address the importance of mental health, as well as identify tips and solutions for recognizing signs of grief and overall mental distress, implementing self-care, and coping strategies to assist yourself and support others in the process.
After participating in this session, you will be able to:
- Gain an understanding of ambiguous loss and its impact on emotions and behaviors.
- Engage in two exercises allowing you to identify the ambiguous loss(es) unique to you and their impacts.
- Identify strategies that will improve your ability to begin properly grieving your identified losses.
- Obtain coping skills to assist with navigation and maintenance of mental health.
This session/course/webinar is eligible for 1 clock hour towards CEM re-certification.
IAEE Webinars are FREE to members and available to non-members for $49.
Brittany Squillace, MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Best Self Therapy, LLC
Brittany Squillace, MA, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the owner of her practice, Best Self Therapy where she serves her passion and purpose of helping others through difficult times and grief. While guiding others through depression, loss and grief is her primary focus, she is also a guide for fitness, health and mindfulness, all of which are interconnected and rooted in the way we handle stress, overwhelm, despair, and loss.
Brittany obtained her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University in 2016.