Winnipeg psychologist Dr. Syras Derksen told Global News that added stress during the pandemic is normal — especially when traditional holiday gatherings people look forward to — like Thanksgiving — are being advised against this year.
“I think the first thing to know is that it’s OK to grieve,” said Derksen.
“It’s important to go through a process of emotions as you realize that things are going to be different — that you’re going to have plan things different.
“You’re hoping that it’s going to be the same… but then as that realization sets in, you’re going to experience loss and you’re going to go through a series of emotions — and it’s OK to allow those to happen, and you’ll get through them.”
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