Should divorcees be granted bereavement leave?

As I stood at the podium presenting a training on Grief in the Workplace recently, I was asked a question that made me ponder enough to write a blog on the subject. Should divorcees be granted bereavement leave in order to get their affairs in order? My first reaction was how could I answer this question in a way that I support both grievers mourning the loss of a relative and those who are grieving Read More …

Don’t ask, just do

After the death of a loved one, there is inevitably a litany of never-ending questions, including “What can I do to help?” or “Call me if you need anything.” Grieving individuals seldom have the strength to communicate their immediate needs mostly because they don’t know what they are. This is when Don’t ask, Just do enters the picture. As a concerned caregiver, you can be the helper, the shoulder, the strength, the logic and the Read More …

The Evolution of Grief in the Workplace

Death is a fact of life, and grief is a necessary part of healing. The grief process does not end at the burial, the funeral service or the closure of the traditional, three-day bereavement leave as defined in the bereavement policies of most companies. This handbook is designed as a guide for Human Resources personnel, EAPs, managers and co-workers who are supporting a fellow employee when s/he is grieving a significant loss or if the Read More …

Taking Care of You First

Family Caregiving is by far the most demanding and complicated responsibility one can experience—the caregiver must be “the jack of all traits yet the master of none.” Family caregiver is a person who provides non-professional, unpaid care for an ill or aging family member. Family caregivers may find the need to care for a loved one at an unexpected time in their lives following an accident or diagnosis of a serious illness at a young Read More …

The Old Fashioned Telephone

When my husband passed away, there was no internet, text messaging or cell phones; however there was internal email. I was saddened to learn that my employees read about his death in an email rather than being informed by a considerate phone call. I am sure they had questions and direct interaction could have provided answers. At the time we used the telephone to inform families that school was cancelled due to snow, or that Read More …