We have all experienced grief in our lives:
During childhood, adolescence, young, mid, or older adulthood, or
in the midst of the current pandemic.
Grief is a normal and natural reaction to a loss of any kind.
3 Definitions of Grief:
- Conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change of a familiar pattern (or routine) of behavior.
- Feeling of reaching out to someone who has always been there for you and the person is no longer there (physically or emotionally).
- Can be cumulative and cumulative negative.
How can we, as individuals, support another person who is grieving (or struggling) during these changing, uncertain times?
- Actively listen: Be a “heart with ears.”
- Create a safe place where the person can be heard such as, a grief circle.
- Create a mentor buddy system to check-in with and keep the person accountable.
- If you do not know what to say to a person who is grieving, tell the person you do not know and assure the person you are present with him/her. Be authentic, or real.
Grief is not intellectual. Grief is emotional.
WELCOA. (2020, May 12). The elephant in the room: Navigating workplace grief with Sara Martin and Ilana Shapiro Yahdav. [webinar]. GoToWebinar. https://www.welcoa.org/covid/#welcoa-videos