Grief and trauma counselor says at the core of the coronavirus pandemic is fear

The coronavirus pandemic has left many of us anxious about life and death issues, stressed about finances and struggling to manage our many emotions. For some, the loss of jobs, connection with friends and family, and feelings of hopelessness can be overwhelming. Others are experiencing the death of loved ones within and outside of this pandemic.

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, a grief and trauma counselor and a research professor at Arizona State University, helps us understand the difference between grief, trauma and fear. She says, “At the core of this pandemic is fear. It’s fear of a lot of things.” She stresses the importance of being sensitive in the words we use because there are people whose loved ones will die during this pandemic.