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Bereavement Relief

Posted On: Sep 09, 2016

Dealing with Grief at Work

While grief may make us feel as if life has come to a standstill, the world around us is still moving. Eventually, we have to get back to our normal lives and return to our responsibilities. While getting back to our regular routines can help us cope with our grief, sometimes we are pushed back into the real world before we’re truly ready to be. Here are some ways to help deal with grief at work.

Take a Sick Day

You should take a sick day when you feel overwhelmed by your loss. It’s almost impossible to be a productive employee when your mind is stuck on a tragic experience. In most cases, your boss will be understanding and compassionate. Many of us are afraid to ask for days off when we need it, however, self-care is important and we should take the opportunity to focus on our mental health if we need to.

Talk to a Friend or HR Personnel

Having good coworkers can help you manage your grief at work. A good friend will allow you to express your feelings and empathize during this difficult time. If you don’t have close friends at work, speak to your HR personnel. It’s important to speak with the proper managers at your job about your grief. If the HR department at your job isn’t prepared to provide a listening ear, they will be able to provide you with options and material to help you through this tough time. This person can also speak to your superiors on your behalf if they see how much you’ve been affected by your loss. If you’ve had negative experiences with coworkers or HR personnel in the past, it may be best to try the other suggestions here instead.

Take a Break

If you feel as if you can make it through the day but are experiencing moments of sadness, take a break from your work. Use this time to take a short walk outside or excuse yourself to the bathroom if needed. If you’re allowed limited time for breaks at work, use your time wisely. Make sure you’re taking care of your mental health in a way that is respectful of your job.

Be Mindful of Your Work

Losing your job would be an awful thing to happen while you’re grieving so it’s important to be mindful as possible while at work. Make sure you are providing the highest quality of service to your boss and clients. It’s important to maintain a professional appearance and attitude and try to be productive as possible.

If you feel as though you are incapable of performing your job duties due to your grief, it’s time to seek professional help. Being terminated from your job can cause you to fall into a deeper depression that is even more difficult to recover from. You should take every opportunity to find a way to cope with your grief before your job becomes in jeopardy.