When someone shares their grief and pain with us we should not take it as an opportunity to share ours. The problem is, that is the default response most of us have in our conversations. We wait for the tiniest of pauses while the other person takes a breath and we jump in with our tale of woe.
That is not to say we don’t have legitimate pain, but we need to respect the person who is opening up to us in that moment and give them the space to share their hurts. Then, when the time and context is right we need to share our story, but with someone else and preferably someone who is not in the midst of their own grief and sadness.
Finding someone who is not grieving will be difficult as a healthcare professional, because everyone you work with is going to have a Covid story. So it is even more important than before that you have someone outside of work that you can unwind with and debrief with. Then, hopefully, you can regain some serenity and emotional equilibrium to bring with you back to the workplace.