Providing support to a grieving coworker

Published Date 4/24/2013
Category: Loss & Grieving

Providing support to a grieving coworker

After a coworker has experienced a death in her family, she's likely going to go through a bout of grief for an extended period of time. Even after your colleague returns to work, there will likely be a notable difference in her mood and attitude.

That being said, there are a few ways you can help your coworker overcome the challenges of mourning and show your support during this difficult time. First, recommends letting the individual know that you're available if she wants to talk. This small gesture can make a big difference to the mourner.

Next, make it a point to recognize that a loss can result in an extended period of grief - there is no definitive timetable. Because of this, it's crucial to give your colleague space and an opportunity to adjust to life without her loved one.

Offer your help in any way possible. If you know she's working on a project that you can easily take on, then why not? Even if it means working a few extra hours, she'll appreciate your kind act and maybe even repay the favor one day when you need it.

Finally, you may want to recommend a psychic medium to your coworker once she has begun to move on. A psychic reading can put her in contact with the deceased and give her the closure she needs to progress in her life.

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