Social Wellness Month: Reconnecting with Friends and Family After COVID-19

As we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to recognize July as Social Wellness Month. During this month, focus on nurturing yourself and your relationships. Social wellness and keeping a strong social network play a role in almost every aspect of your health. There are many forms of social support that affect the strength and security of your relationships. As we begin to reconnect with loved ones following the pandemic, there are a few things you should focus on regarding social wellness.

What is social wellness?

Social wellness involves giving and receiving social support. It’s about nurturing yourself and your relationships to have a strong, fulfilling, and uplifting social network. The three main forms of social support are emotional, instrumental, and informational. Giving and receiving emotional support helps you feel cared for and balanced. Instrumental support refers to physical support such as money, helping around the house, or providing care during sickness. To give informational support, you would provide information or advice to help someone. These forms of support are all important for social health, especially as the world is opening up after the pandemic.  

Why is social wellness important?

Social wellness has many benefits on your mental, social, and even physical health. Having strong relationships and feeling supported by the people you’re surrounded with correlates to a positive self-image. Your confidence and personal wellness will carry over into your relationships and make you want to be a better friend, parent, child, sibling, etc. Social wellness is also important because it affects your physical health. Your body and mind work together, and it’s important to focus on taking care of both. People with healthy relationships literally have a healthier heart. They respond better to stress, and they even tend to live longer than people with weaker social networks.

Reconnecting with friends and family after COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been deprived of social contact the past year. Being alone has become part of our lifestyle, and it can be hard for some people to go back to social situations after adapting to isolation. One way that may make it easier to reconnect with people after the pandemic is making commitments that won’t overwhelm you. It’s okay to ease back into social situations at your own speed and comfort level, but only make commitments you can stand by. Being honest about your availability and staying connected and committed is a very important part of nurturing friendships and relationships. It may be difficult to step out of your comfort zone after the pandemic, but there are steps you can take to get yourself out of isolation mode. Exercise with a group, go out for a meal, or take up a new hobby with a friend. You can even join a club that interests you, which may lead to making new friends. Reach out to your family and friends to see if they want to connect. If you aren’t comfortable connecting in person due to COVID-19, you could go on a relaxing walk, engage in a new individual hobby, and video chat with friends and family.

Being present

In this day and age, it may be difficult to be present in your relationships due to the existence of social media. Social media can be a blessing and a curse: it can help you stay connected with people online, but it also distracts you from what really matters. During the pandemic, it was easy to get addicted to social media. Throughout this month and going forward, focus on what matters and start each day with a new attitude. While spending time with friends or family, be present in your conversations. Keep an open mind and appreciate the time you have with the people you love. Showing love and appreciation keeps relationships healthy and open. As the pandemic settles, focus on nurturing your relationships and remember to love often.

Post written by Jill Bosela

Staying Connected During a Pandemic Christmas Season

The 2020 holiday season is looking far different than any other we’ve experienced. While Thanksgiving presented its own challenges in terms of gathering together, the Advent season is special in that festivities tend to be scheduled through the entire month of December. This year, as we are called to stay home and remain physically distant, we may all be grieving the loss of our “normal holiday.” For those who have lost a loved one, this holiday season may seem even more daunting, as the friends and family you could normally rely on for support and companionship during the holidays may not feel comfortable expanding their quarantine bubble. As we all continue to navigate this unprecedented time, there are some creative ways to stay connected to those you love while also staying safe.

Explore Virtual Options

We are lucky to live in a very modern world. While nothing can replace being together in person, video chat is a very close second! Being able to see and talk with your family in real time can help you feel connected and grounded in the present. It can also be a gentle reminder to expand your perspective beyond the scope of your own home. Try to find a video chat service that works for your family, and let them know you’d like to make video calls a priority this holiday season.

Stay Outdoors and Separated

If technology isn’t your strong suit and you desperately need to see your loved ones over the holidays, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends gathering outdoors, maintaining a 6ft distance between households, and wearing masks. While staying outdoors may not be very comfortable on cold winter days, it’s much safer than an indoor visit. You can make things cozier by bundling up with plenty of blankets and grabbing a thermos of coffee or hot cocoa to stay warm. Taking a winter walk is also a nice way to spend time with loved ones while remaining socially distant. If the weather is just too cold to be outside but you’d still like to see your loved ones in person, try parking your cars near each other with the windows rolled up while using cellphones to talk!

Get Creative

There are countless other ways to stay connected with loved ones while staying safe. For instance, you could start a dish exchange, where you take turns dropping off special holiday dishes to your loved one’s doorstep. You could also host a virtual family gift exchange, where each family member mails their gifts to each other to open together over video chat. You can take pictures of your Christmas trees and decorations to share when you’re able to gather again – or maybe even print the photos and send in an “old fashioned” Christmas card. You can watch a favorite Christmas movie at the same time and talk after… the possibilities go on!

Rely on Your Faith

This time of isolation can be a good opportunity to deepen your relationship with the Lord. Make sure to watch Mass livestreams, read scripture, and find time to pray. Not only will the Lord grant you peace and comfort, but staying connected to your faith and to the Church will help you establish a sense of community that goes beyond the physical sense of the word. God is always with you and, as His beloved child, you are called into a community that spans the entire universe. You are never truly alone, as God is always with you.

Post written by Katie Karpinski

April 30, 2020 COVID-19 Letter to Families

Dear CCA Families,

As an essential business, we at the CCA are constantly monitoring guidelines set by national and local officials, and are adjusting our operations to meet safety standards while also providing you with the services and support you need. With that being said, we’d like to keep you as informed as possible through these weekly email updates.

Here are some additional updates as of April 30, 2020:

Beginning on Monday May 4th, cemetery offices will be open to all visitors. However, visitors are recommended to wear a mask upon arrival and must maintain a proper social distance of 6 feet while in the office.

All CCA services will also continue to be available via phone, email, or video chat.

In compliance with orders set by the Diocese of Cleveland suspending all Masses through May 29th, all cemetery Memorial Day Masses have been cancelled.

Mother’s Day decorations are available to purchase now. The arrangement will be placed by one of our cemetery staff and will remain on your loved one’s grave between May 7th and May 18th. To order your arrangement, please call your cemetery office or click here.

May 17th Sunday Grief Support Groups are being moved to an online format.There will be no in-person support groups. Please click here if you’d like to receive information on attending an online support group. You can also request copies of grief support materials by replying to this email.

All pre-planning seminars scheduled in May are being rescheduled to a later date. Please visit our website for our most updated schedule.

Please use our online burial search tool to look up burial locations. You can also download our app (available on iOS and Android) to research burial locations.

Again, all of our services are still available to you, though some may be adjusted for added safety measures. Please call 216-641-7575 should you require any service, or have any questions.

April 22, 2020 COVID-19 Letter to Families

Dear CCA Families,

As an essential business, we at the CCA are constantly monitoring guidelines set by national and local officials, and are adjusting our operations to meet safety standards while also providing you with the services and support you need. With that being said, we’d like to keep you as informed as possible through these weekly email updates.

Please know that all of our cemeteries are open for outdoor visitation. You may visit your departed loved ones, place decorations (click here to view our decoration policies), or simply walk the grounds. We only ask that you not enter the office, as we are practicing strict safety procedures. More on these safety procedures can be found here.

Here are some additional updates as of April 22, 2020:

Mother’s Day decorations are available to purchase now. The arrangement will be placed by one of our cemetery staff and will remain on your loved one’s grave between May 7th and May 18th. To order your arrangement, please call your cemetery office or click here.

All pre-planning seminars scheduled for April and May are being rescheduled to a later date. Please visit our website for our most updated schedule.

May 17th Sunday Grief Support Groups are being moved to an online format.There will be no in-person support groups. Please click here if you’d like to receive information on attending an online support group. You can also request copies of grief support materials by replying to this email.

Our offices remain open to those making immediate burial arrangements.

Pre-planning appointments, memorial orders, decoration purchases, and service requests are all available through email, video chat, via phone, or through traditional mail.

Please use our online burial search tool to look up burial locations. You can also download our app (available on iOS and Android) to research burial locations.

Again, all of our services are still available to you, though some may be adjusted for added safety measures. Please call 216-641-7575 should you require any service, or have any questions.

April 8, 2020 COVID-19 Letter to Families


Dear CCA Families,

As an essential business, we at the CCA are constantly monitoring guidelines set by national and local officials, and are adjusting our operations to meet safety standards while also providing you with the services and support you need. With that being said, we’d like to keep you as informed as possible through these weekly email updates.

Here are some updates as of April 8, 2020:

  • April 19th Sunday Grief Support Groups are being moved to an online format.There will be no in-person support groups. Please click here if you’d like to receive information on attending an online support group. You can also request copies of grief support materials by replying to this email.
  • All pre-planning seminars scheduled for April and May are being rescheduled to a later date. Please visit our website for our most updated schedule.
  • Our offices remain open to those making immediate burial arrangements.
  • Pre-planning appointments, memorial orders, decoration purchases, and service requests are all available online, via phone, or through traditional mail.

Again, all of our services are still available to you, though some may be adjusted for added safety measures. Please call 216-641-7575 should you require any service, or have any questions.