Over the summer, the Government of Alberta hosted a four-part webinar series designed to help support the mental health and wellness of seniors, their caregivers, and service providers. These webinars provided information on mental health supports and strategies, focus on the future, grief and loss during the pandemic, and managing burnout and stress as Alberta and the world transition to post‑pandemic life.
Alberta Council on Aging was pleased to partner with Lois Faris and the Government of Alberta on “Grief, Loss and Transitions” on July 28. The webinar covered strategies to manage grief and loss for ourselves and those we support. During the pandemic we have not been able to grieve the loss of loved ones, missed out on milestones, and have been separated from the people and activities we love. This session focused on strategies to manage grief and loss for ourselves and those we support. Donna Durand and Lois Faris discussed how to identify grief and loss and tap into your feelings around loss to allow for grieving. They also discussed strategies for moving through transitions to create the best possible life and how to create or regain your sense of optimism about your life and your future self.