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Tidbits of Joy #60 - Grief in the Workplace

Dear AdNet Employees, Customers and Friends;

I’m proud to announce the release of Podcast #2 which faces grief in the workplace head on.

We all agree that grief does not discriminate and mostly everyone we know walks the path of loss at some point. As I was designing the content for Room At the Table, I was in the middle of grieving the loss of my mom which so many people know was my anchor. Even at 98 and me at 60, she had a way of keeping me focused forward even through her own transition. I tackled the conversation with her about death and Mom often said that I would be fine and to take care of the living because once she’s gone, she’s gone. Her words still guide me. 😊

Whether we face the loss of a family member, friend, pet, relationship, pregnancy or way of life, each of us handles loss differently. Whatever you do, please don’t tell someone to “get over it” because that is insensitive. If you see someone in a state of grief for an extended period of time, they may need that time to heal and perhaps they may need extra support for their mental health. I ask you to stop and think about someone whom you loved in whatever capacity you shared…….do we ever really get over it? We learn how to cope and adjust to change. I still have my moments during the day when a memory is triggered, and I have a brief choked up feeling. That tells me that I sure loved the person and that is a beautiful thing. The book Healing After Loss by Martha Hickman, continues to keep me steady. I highly recommend it for yourself or to share with someone facing loss.

As leaders, we need to pay attention to our employees in the grips of loss. If you think everything is back to normal after bereavement leave, you are wrong. That’s when the real work starts and what we can do is provide a loving & safe environment for our employees to thrive as we heal. You’ll find good nuggets of information in the podcast.

Know that you are cared for and loved………….no matter where we are at in life. Let’s get through it together.

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