Nothing knocks the meaning out of your being like losing someone or something close to us. Loss does not only have to mean the death of a loved one. Losses that can shake up our worlds include events such as divorce, immigration resulting in the loss of a country and home, change in jobs or careers, or chronic illness or physical disability. These kinds of losses can shatter us to the bone, making us feel disorientated and dazed. This is normal. What makes grief unbearable is when we get stuck of frozen and unable to integrate this new reality.
I offer two types of workshops focusing on loss, aimed at different people within the workplace:
The Do’s and Dont’s for those working with someone who has experienced loss – for managers and colleagues of grieving staff (90 minutes).
Support for those who feel stuck, overwhelmed by their loss or losses (full day). For some people returning to the workplace is an overwhelming burden on them in addition to their grief. They may need extra time off. Once back at work, some workers experience reduced work performance caused by lack of concentration and memory; tiredness from emotion and sleepless nights; feelings of depression; reduced patience and short temper. Furthermore, grieving workers may also worry they have or will develop a reputation for wasting time, taking too much sick leave, being bad tempered, unreliable, unstable or receiving special treatment. Grieving workers often worry that they will lose their job from reduced work performance or because of extra time taken from work. They may be tempted to resign for fear of failure or to reduce the dual stressors of work and bereavement following the loss. This interactive workshop uses artmaking as a tool to help participants access their inner resourcefulness, wisdom and help them find new meaning.
Humans were designed to grieve in compassionate community. I would be happy to facilitate a grief support group within your company for those who have lost someone of something dear to them (monthly, 2 hours each).