Someone close to you has died. As you think about returning to your workplace, you may be wondering: “Will people ask me about the death right away?” “Will I be able to focus on my work or tasks at hand?” “How should I respond when people ask me how I am feeling?” Depending on your work environment and the type of support you will be receiving, returning to work will vary for each person. While some may recognize this as challenging, others may find the routine of work to be comforting and a welcome break from the waves of grief. It’s important to remember, feelings of grief may ebb and flow throughout the workday.
Things to consider, when returning:
At times, there will be little to no room to process your feelings of grief while at work. Healthy coping strategies can help you remain focused at work while allowing you to fully process your grief at a later, safer, and more ideal time. It’s okay to let your immediate supervisor and work colleagues know that you may be using some of the below mentioned coping strategies throughout your workday.
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