The COVID-19 Pandemic: 19 months later…
At the end of 2019, the world was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, a health and humanitarian crisis that resulted in tremendous suffering and drastic changes to our lives.
The massive effects of the virus disrupted normal patterns of our behavior and has taken an emotional toll on all of us. It meant having to face major losses as it devastated people’s lives emotionally, physically, economically, and spiritually. We spent our time, every day, counting the escalating numbers of deaths feeling helplessly overwhelmed with fear. It has been a catastrophic time, a true nightmare.
Although we are not yet completely out of danger, we celebrated the discovery of vaccines and waited patiently for our turns. At present, we have reached the green zone and continue to wear masks and practice social distancing in our quest to protect ourselves and others.
After more than 19 months of social isolation we now have the opportunity to go out and explore the places we had to avoid. There is now hope for an eventual return to the normal. We must pick up the broken pieces that the virus has ravaged. We have become more attuned to ourselves and others. We have learned so much about love and loss, about attachment and abandonment, about the importance of appreciating the small things and the bigger things, never taking anyone or anything for granted. We have suffered plenty.
We need to take control over whatever we can do for ourselves. As a community, we need to maintain a united front to put an end to this terrible pandemic. We need to continue to wear our masks, maintain social distancing and get the first, followed by the second dose of the vaccine.
At AF we understand the extent of the devastating impact that COVID-19 has had worldwide. We are here to help you and your families work through the adverse effects that this terrible virus has had on children, parents, extended family and other relationships. AF will continue to provide counsel and support. It has been our focus and our mission.