There are exciting times ahead as we begin to get back to so many things we love.

Still, a lot of folks are having conflicting feelings about post-pandemic life.

What You Need To Know

  • We experience grief after losing someone or something we cherish

  • Best-selling author and grief coach Hope Edelman says grief is a complicated emotion

  • Edelman says sorrow and grief have taken on different meanings during the pandemic

  • Holding onto stability in our lives can help with the challenging nature of grief

Best-selling author and grief coach Hope Edelman said grief is a complicated emotion.

"I would define grief as the period of mourning, sorrow, some feelings of despair, confusion, helplessness, sometimes relief... that occurs right after we lose either a loved one or something that's very dear to us," Edelman told "Inside the Issues."

During the pandemic, many people have grieved the deaths of their loved ones to COVID-19. In addition, Edelman said the past year or so has elicited a different sense of sorrow.

"We're grieving a whole way of life," she told host Alex Cohen.

Edelman explained that includes losing our reliable social networks and overall comfortability. From now on, finding stability is key.

"It's really important to focus on the things that you can count on, like, what are you sure will be happening next week?"

Edelman said 2.8 million people die in the U.S. each year, excluding the hundreds of thousands of people who have died from COVID-19.

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