-Recognize Your Feelings. It is ok and normal to feel sad and disappointed about this year. Don't feel that since your loss may be different or smaller in comparison to others that you should not talk about it. Feel the emotions and don't numb them. Talk with your friends who are likely having similar feelings.
-Find creative ways to celebrate. Many schools and communities have organized celebrations like drive by graduation parades. You can have smaller celebrations with a few friends in your backyard or open area as long as you can safely do so and maintain physical distancing. Hold a virtual zoom graduation party for family who lives far away and cannot travel. You can make it fun by having everyone dress up for a themed event and have your favorite food catered. Everyone can share special memories of the graduate. Personalize your caps and take pictures in your cap and gown.
-Celebrate with friends. You may have had senior trips or other fun things planned with friends. Maybe at the end of the summer when safe, you can do a weekend trip with friends or do a day hike or lake trip. Keep in touch with your friends and you could take that planned trip next summer.
-Keep hope. If you are feeling discouraged about the start of college in the fall or defeated about finding a job, know that it will all work out in the end and be ok. The uncertainty can be unsettling since everything is unpredictable now and out of our control. Take things one day at a time and try to stay optimistic. Lean on your friends and family. It helps knowing that everyone is in this together.