Even before COVID-19 brought unthinkable levels of isolation, our world was increasingly lonely and hurting. Depression, loneliness and suicide rates were on the rise. As the pandemic continues, these trends have only accelerated.
These times demand we do a better job of caring for one another. Even with this recognition, our skills are woefully underdeveloped, leaving us unprepared to help those in need. To combat the feelings of loneliness and isolation, people need to feel acknowledged, seen, valued, heard and cared for. This is more than kindness, empathy or sympathy — it is comfort.