By Kim Wetzel, RN BSN
Currently, what we are experiencing in our country and the world are unprecedented. Everyone is experiencing either direct or indirect consequences of the coronavirus. This is a time of uncertainty, with no indication as to when we may return to normalcy. It is during these times we need to reflect deeply on our faith, spirituality, and hope. No matter what our beliefs, we may look to our spiritual, scientific, and medical leaders for courage and hope. How do we maintain our physical social distance while we remain socially-connected? We need to look for ways to extend grace and kindness through the difficulties we are experiencing.
Loneliness and anxiety through isolation will be trying for many while others struggle with having family cramped at home for extended periods. We need to reach deep into our hearts and share compassion for one another. As we are brought together as a family and community, we must help where we can – offering kind words or deeds, such as reaching out by phone to keep connected or going shopping for someone. If you are struggling with grief, anxiety, or fear, seek help through your friends, clergy or doctor. We are all in this together.