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Making Meaning During Coronavirus   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "We've been in quarantine for abou tseven weeks now. During this short time, our lives have been flipped upside down and turned inside out in many different capacities. The sandwich generation may be simultaneously caring for their children and parents while working from home. High school and college graduates are unable to celebrate their milestones in traditional ways. Many are out of a paycheck and without health insurance. Some are struggling with the insufferable pain of loneliness. Some have lost loved ones to the coronavirus. If you've asked yourself, 'Why is this happening? What's the meaning of this?' you're not alone. Human beings are meaning-making creatures. We instinctively need to give ourselves a reasonable explanation for the triumphs and trauma in our lives. Does the phrase 'everything happens for a reason' come to mind? That phrase serves as a mental respite to cope with hardship. In order to adaptively cope with adversity (in this case, coronavirus) we must be able to make meaning out of our individual situations."

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Lerner Center Issue Brief No. 23
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2020-05-04
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Syracuse University Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
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Syracuse University Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion: https://lernercenter.syr.edu/
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