Defining Memorial Day

Memorial Day began as Decoration Day, originating after the American Civil War to remember those who died as Confederate and Union soldiers. The occasion was expanded in the 20th century to include fallen heroes from all branches of the armed forces. As Americans, we observe the holiday annually the last Monday of May. For many of us we consider the weekend the official kick-off of summer, filled with sun and fun. For the families of Read More …

‘Tis the season for weddings – without our loved one’s physical presence

Life has its own beat. People are born and people die; however nothing prepares us for the emotional toll of continuing life without a special loved one after they have passed away — especially when the next family milestone occurs and we wish for our loved one to be physically joining us. Regardless of their age, cause of death, milestone occasion or family dynamics, the loved one is missed in so many ways that are Read More …

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 …