Loss of Identity and Grief – Coronavirus and loss of Identity

© Copyright 2019 Grief Probate Journey Blog *PLEASE NOTE THIS INFORMATION IS SOURCED FROM UK and AMERICAN WEBSITES* It is also based on our own experience. *We are not experts in this field, we are speaking purely on our own experience with information sought from the internet to give further examples. *

Please see: Loss of identity and grief – Coronavirus and loss of Identity which covers:

  1. Introduction/Our Story
  2. Loss of Identity and Grief with Illustrative examples
  3. Regaining Identity and Sense of Self
  4. Coronavirus and Loss of Identity
  5. Our Final Thoughts and YouTube Video

1. Introduction/Our Story

Sitting thinking to myself. Who am I, what is my purpose?

I think for my sister and I our feelings of our grief have been pushed aside to an extent and the impact of Coronavirus pandemic took over. Our feelings of grief would still arise from time to time, but the scale and magnitude at the height of the pandemic meant it was a significantly huge proportion of our daily life. We are now faced with our feelings of grief, and this new and constant ever changing world we are currently living in. We are facing a “new normal” which can lead to questioning many aspects of life.

These thoughts and feelings combined is why we decided to make this a topic.

Please see: Loss of identity and grief – Coronavirus and loss of Identity:


2. Loss of Identity and Grief with Illustrative examples

2.1 I Don’t Know Who I Am Anymore: grief and loss of identity

“(30 Jan 2018) · When we lose someone, we often feel we have lost this relational sense of self. We find ourselves asking questions like, who am I if not a wife ?”

2.2 Grief and Depression from loss of Identity |Grief Recovery Center

“(14 Sep 2018) · While grieving from losing a significant other or someone in your immediate family is to be expected, there are actually further repercussions in”.

2.3 What is a loss of identity?

“Loss of identity may follow all sorts of change; changes in the workplace, loss of a job or profession, loss of a role that once defined us, as a child, as a parent, as a spouse. This leaves a gap, an abyss, an empty space. … You can also lose your identity through the gradual merging in a relationship”. (12 Jun 2014).

2.4 What are some examples of loss that cause grief?

“Some examples include: Leaving home. Illness/loss of health. Death of a pet”.

“Different kinds of loss”

  • “Loss of a close friend”.
  • “Death of a partner”.
  • “Death of a classmate or colleague”.
  • “Serious illness of a loved one”.
  • “Relationship breakup”.
  • “Death of a family member”.

For my sister and I, grief has been caused by the sad and unfortunate loss of our Dad.

2.5 What causes a loss of identity?

“If you’re experiencing an identity crisis, you may be questioning your sense of self or identity. This can often occur due to big changes or stressors in life, or due to factors such as age or advancement from a certain stage” (for example, school, work, or childhood). (31 Oct 2018).


3. Regaining Identity and Sense of Self

3.1 How do I find my sense of identity?

Building a strong sense of self

  1. “Define your values. Values and personal beliefs are fundamental aspects of identity”. …
  2. “Make your own choices. Your decisions should, for the most part, primarily benefit your health and well-being”. …
  3. “Spend time alone”. …
  4. “Consider how to achieve your ideals”. (18 Jun 2020)

3.2 How can I regain my sense of self?

How to Regain Your Self-Respect Once It’s Lost

  1. “Know that you can rebuild”.
  2. “Accept your mistakes and pledge to do better”.
  3. “Stop worrying what other people think and stay true to your core values and beliefs”.
  4. “Work on changing your perceptions – of yourself and others”.
  5. “Hold yourself to ambitious standards”.
  6. “Believe in your choices once you make them”. (More items…)

3.3 What is lack of self-identity?

“A poor sense of self-worth (also known as poor self-esteem) occurs when you come to believe that you have little value or worth. This often occurs when key people in your life are critical towards you, or when you are perfectionist, and critical towards yourself”.

3.4 5 Ways To Rebuild Your Confidence After Grief & Loss

“(30 Jan 2020) – Grief can be overwhelming. When you lose someone close to you, it can feel like your world is coming to an end. For good reason, too”…

3.5 Loss of Self Identity after a Bereavement or Divorce

“Are you missing who you used to be before the loss of a loved one? Learn how to cope with the loss of self identity after a death or divorce. Love the new person”…

3.6 Who am I now? Loss of self during times of grief – Counselling

“(30 Dec 2019) – When we experience a loss, our awareness is centred on the more tangible and visible part of our loss – a loved one has died, we have lost our”…

3.7 A Deathless Grievance: Losing One’s Self-Identity – Centering and Grief Digest Magazine

“No rule book. No time frame. No judgment. Grief is as individual as a fingerprint. Do what is right for your soul.” – One Fit Widow Losing an individual who has”…

3.8 The Complexities of Grief | HelloSelf

“17 May 2019 – However, this somewhat simple definition is limiting and does not take into account a range of other experiences which may cause someone to”…

3.9 Grief and Loss of Identity – Grow Counselling

“However, the loss of self is broader than relational identity. Other identities that can suffer loss (and are subject to depression and PTSD symptoms) include”…


4. Coronavirus and Loss of Identity

4.1 Identity Crisis During lockdown? An expert explains all – Stylist

“(23 Apr 2020) – But I massively relate to the loss of identity in social groups. … Coronavirus anxiety: why anxious thoughts spiral at night time – and 3 ways to”…

4.2 Why some people are experiencing a crisis of identity in lockdown

“(13 Apr 2020) – Dr Paul says that the coronavirus lockdown poses a problem for all three of these things. He adds: ‘Our sense of autonomy – for example”…

4.3 Coronavirus Grief: Coping with the loss of routine during the Pandemic

“For instance, if your identity is closely tied to your job, losing your job could trigger an identity crisis. Signs and symptoms of grief. Grief might cause you to feel”…

4.4 Change, loss and bereavement |Mental Health Foundation

“(25 Aug 2020) – Change and loss during the coronavirus outbreak. Change and loss can … The latter can in turn affect our identity. There will be many other”…


5. Our Final Thoughts and YouTube Video

Day by day the world we are living in is constantly changing as we are living through this pandemic. It can be confusing, uncertain and trying times. We hope this topic might be of use to someone.

We would like to wish anyone who reads this a safe day, and week ahead.


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