Working Through Grief

Managing Your Return to Work After Loss


"Getting back to normal" after a devastating loss can't be rushed – and returning to work while you're still grieving can be a particularly challenging time.

Chances are, you're still processing your emotions and feeling anything but "normal."

If you've suffered a bereavement, or a long-term relationship has come to an end, you'll likely be sad, anxious, angry, frightened, or distracted by countless other thoughts. You may even feel guilty for being back at work.

Give yourself time and space once you decide to go back to work.

And, when you do see your colleagues again, some may avoid you for fear of "saying the wrong thing." Others, with the best of intentions, may try to pretend that nothing has changed.

In this article, we look at how grief can impact your work, and we explore strategies for managing this difficult period.


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