Book Club Discussion Topics for Beyond Loss in a Pandemic

If you’re reading this blog, chances are that you lost someone during the pandemic or earlier and are working through ways to rebuild your life or cope. If your club reads this book, here are some discussion topics to consider when you meet:

  1. What are a few ways that you can help someone who is grieving?
  2. Describe some of the additional challenges people face in dealing with loss that happened during the pandemic and how they can address those challenges.
  3. Discuss different ways to stay connected with people when it’s no longer possible to gather in person.
  4. Some people experience survivor’s guilt. How can you cope with that challenge and work through it?
  5. Describe how the loss of the person close to you has changed your role and responsibilities, and how that impacts you.
  6. What self-care mean to you?
  7. Describe some rituals that can help you work through your grief.
  8. What do you plan to do to avoid feeling isolated?
  9. What steps can you take to set boundaries with people so that you don’t take on more than you can handle?
  10. How has losing someone changed your perspective on what’s most important to you?
  11. Why do you think it’s so difficult for some people to talk about their grief?
  12. What goals will you set for yourself over the next year?
  13. Describe how you felt after you completed the grief timeline exercise.
  14. If you decide to write a letter to the person who died, what would you want to tell them?
  15. What did you learn about how different types of losses impact people?