Grief that transfers to work from home can be counter productive to the office or work place, but it is a natural occurrence and managers must be aware. Managers can help limit the issue by actually addressing it and helping employees deal with grief. Support and understanding are key elements in helping an employee function at work while dealing with grief.
The article, “How To Help Others Manage Grief: 16 Lessons For Business Leaders” from Forbes, looks to address the issue of helping employees deal with grief. The article states,
“Working through feelings of grief and mourning with your team can not only improve everyone’s mental health and overall satisfaction, but can also provide valuable insights to help you become a better leader. Below, the members of Forbes Coaches Council share 16 important lessons that business leaders can learn from the principles of grief management.”
Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification and see how it can help you learn more about grief or progress within your professional career. Understanding grief in the work place is a critical leadership quality that needs to be utilized especially during the pandemic.
Miscarriage loss is many times a loss suffered alone. It is disenfranchised and belittled at times because the child was not born. Pending on the time period of the miscarriage, determines the greater loss but many women regardless feel a special connection and their bodies react to the loss.
The article, “11 things you should know about grief after miscarriage or baby loss” from Asiaone looks at this type of loss in greater depth. The article states,
“The aftermath of losing a baby during pregnancy is haunting. You have your precious baby inside you — and then the world comes to a halt, when you learn you’ve lost that part of you. There are very few words to explain the depth of despair that a woman goes through as she grapples with this devastating loss.”
Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Training to learn more how to help individuals with loss. Trained certified grief counselors can help those deal with the loss of miscarriage and guide them through the pain
Learning how to understand and explore grief itself helps one understand the nature of life and loss. Those who run from it will never be able to adapt to it and will find their lives always lacking. It is important in grief counseling in many ways to eventually embrace grief when the person is ready to accept the reality of loss and how loss is part of his or her life.
The article, “Introducing Grief: How My Clients and I Have Embraced the Exploration of Loss” by Stephen Gribelevich looks at the nature of loss and how he works with others through their loss. He states,
Often, when a client of mine identifies with the experience of complicated grief, they endorse persistent feelings of loss without a corresponding process of connection to life beyond the loss. Moreover, they often express a chronic doubt in the possibility of meaningful discovery during examination of their grief. Complicated grief often drives a person to fixate on certain associations of loss and to avoid other associations, which can make it difficult for one to do the kind of thoughtful narrative work inherent in the grief process.
Depression can encompass the entire self. Eventually, a person sees themselves described as a depressed person. They are seen as an “eyeore” type personality. One cannot be defined by depression and allow their personality to be defined as it but they need to receive the help they need to better cope and regain their identity. How one feels should not define who one is.
The article, “Depression Is the Ultimate Identity Thief” by Dr Michael Friedman looks at identity and depression. He states,
“We start to lose faith in ourselves and our identity becomes connected with depression. We think of ourselves as a “depressed person” rather than someone who suffers from depression. Add to that the fact that our social relationships and work performance suffers and we assume that we are “not good at relationships” or “not a strong performer.”
Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals. The program is online, independent study and open to qualified professionals.
During mass social grief, it is important for leaders to show leadership in grief. This involves in addressing the loss, looking for ways to help others cope with the loss and offering ways to adjust to the loss. Leadership in corporations, government even to the smallest unite of the family, needs good leadership from individuals in time of grief and loss to reassure, help and inspire.
The article, “Grief leadership in time of crisis” by Jitender Girdhar looks at how leaders during crisis and grief can take a leadership role in helping others through it. The article states,
“Grief leadership is about leading people, whether or not they’re your friends, employees, or a nation, through experiences of sadness, trouble, and grief. Grief leadership is, essentially, resilient people leadership.”
In times of crisis and pandemics, leadership is needed. Not only to lead but to also assure and help cope with the loss. A leader needs to not ignore the issue but embrace it. Acknowledging the issue but reassuring the multitude of victory is essential
Miscarriages are a forgotten grief for many parents. The loss of the child is seen not as a child in some cases but only as what if. The reality of the what if and the fear of not having a child incurs a reality of a loss but also a loss of potentials. Many barren families suffer multiple miscarriages and suffer horrible grief over the loss and inability to have a child born. Unfortunately, there is no grave, there is no funeral and there is no way to express the loss formally.
The article, “WHAT FOUR MISCARRIAGES TAUGHT ME ABOUT GRIEF AND FAITH” by Rebecca Abbot looks at his type of disenfranchised loss. She states,
“Miscarriage has been – and is often still – considered a taboo subject. “One of the reasons why miscarriage and fertility issues in general are taboo or still have stigma around them is because anything related to fertility just feels very intimate and deeply personal,” Adriel explains. “It’s involving the body, our hearts, our dreams. It’s involving our minds, our preconceived ideas of the role of women and men and family, and how we imagine our lives.”
While the Five Stages of Grief are an excellent look at how individuals deal with death and loss, they may not apply to every individual. In fact, individuals grieve through different stages and face grief different ways. This is not to discredit the stages proposed by Kubler Ross but more so to address to grief counselors, that it is not always the way.
The article, “Five Things You Should Know About the ‘Five Stages of Grief’” by Eleanor Haley from the site “Whats Your Grief” reviews how one should understand the stages. She states,
“The five stages of grief are not absolute truth. Like all theory, it’s based on a hypothesis (an educated guess). There is a bit of research to support the theory, but there is also a bit of research to contradict the theory. In reality, other grief models may fit your experience exponentially better than the ‘Kubler-Ross Model’.”
While Kubler Ross theory and stages are valuable, one must understand they are not always linear as well as many steps are repeated. One should not dismiss it in grief and loss but one should also be free to wander from it when needed. Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification and see if it meets your needs and goals.
Grief does not consider careers or work schedules. It comes regardless of project deadlines or important meetings. Individuals who depend on their job need time to not only mourn the loss of their loved one but they also need to know their employer is there for them, supplying not only job security during tragedy but also emotional understanding and support.
The article, “It’s Time to Rethink Corporate Bereavement Policies” by Mita Mallick looks closer at corporate policies for bereavement. She states,
“While many organizations are rushing to rethink parental leave policies, wellness benefits, and extending our world of remote working past this pandemic, bereavement policies probably haven’t been at the top of many lists. Maybe this is because many of us are uncomfortable embracing death, grief, and loss in the workplace. But this is the right time to consider bereavement leave. How can organizations better help grieving employees? ”
Bereavement over the lost of a loved one is a difficult time and it is important that employers and corporations make that time easier. Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Training Program and see if it meets your needs and goals.
Many individuals experience fatigue and tiredness. It is not necessarily a sign for alarm, but in some cases, chronic fatigue can point to a deeper issue. Fatigue and lack of energy is also closely correlated with depression. Numerous depressed individuals find themselves fatigued and tired without realizing fatigue is a physical symptom of depression.
The article, “When Being Tired Is Actually Depression” by Catherine Pearson looks at how fatigue sometimes can be a sign of depression. She states,
“Depression may be among the most common mental health issues in the United States, but it is still often misunderstood. Many people assume that the condition manifests itself in really overt sorrow and hopelessness. But the symptoms tend to be much broader, and often more subtle. Including fatigue”
If a client expresses chronic fatigue, it may be time to explore the possibility of depression. Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Training Program. Licensed counselors, as well as non counselors can become certified in grief counseling and utilize it in care. Only licensed counselors can work with others regarding depression. It is important that certified grief counselors who are not licensed counselors also refer their clients to licensed counselors if they suspect depression.
Depression in women is unique and different from men. One in ten women face depression and during it they express more hopelessness and loneliness. Their eating and sleeping habits are sometimes altered and they move away from activities that they enjoy. Many women express how they feel differently then men.
The article, “A Depressed Mom’s Tips: What You Need to Know in Order to Help” by Kimberly Zapata looks deeper into how depression affects women and how they can better cope with it. She states,
“While living with — and parenting through — depression is tough, it is not impossible. In fact, with proper care and support, many individuals go on to live rich and fulfilling lives. Know you matter. Your life matters, and feelings are not facts. There is help and there is hope.”
Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program is independent study and online leading to a four year certification and is open to qualified professionals seeking certification