Among other challenges, the coronavirus calls us to reorganize our consciousness about death and dying. Perhaps the sudden plunge into mortality forced upon us by the pandemic can inspire new ways of being helpful and useful to each other, even while we grieve and struggle to cope with increased anxiety and confusion. Clearly, the costs paid for in losses are enormous, but as Victor Frankl pointed out in his classic, Man’s Search for Meaning, “we cannot choose what kind of suffering we have, but we can choose the attitude we take to our suffering.” So as we reckon with our emerging new world order and its many implications for change and adaptation, let us work at digging deeper sources of meaning and purpose. Indeed, as many psychologists have suggested, we are capable of engaging in “post traumatic growth.”
The link below is a useful article with guidelines, ideas, and links to helpful resources.