When a death occurs in the workplace it can send shock waves through the various parts of the system. Often times, workers do not get a chance to air their thoughts and feelings about what has occurred with their colleagues and managers in any structured process. Moreover, while they want to continue performing at peak levels, it becomes difficult to impossible. Low productivity and absenteeism are unfortunate but common results of unprocessed grief. On the other hand, managers often do not know what format or mechanism to follow in the aftermath of sudden and unexpected loss in the office.
The Center's Critical Incidence Stress Debrief (CISD) service is designed to help systems slow down their business as usual in order to facilitate the beginning of a healthy grief process. Workers feel accounted for and part of a larger effort of empathic responsiveness on the part of the company. As a crucial part of this larger empathic (and practical) response, the grief counselor becomes your ally and guide through a complicated passage.
Over the years, our grief counselors have met with many kinds of groups after a sudden loss in the workplace. Clients have received both written and verbal guidance about normal reactions to sudden loss, as well as signs of trauma reactions and what to do about them. If you or anyone you know is trying to cope with grief in the workplace, please contact the Center for further information.
Call the Center for Grief Recovery at 773-274-4600
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center Expands Again! Please join us in welcoming Megan Kelleher, LCSW who comes to us with wonderfully empathic presence, and a broad range of helping skills. You can learn more about her by visiting our Therapists section or clicking on this link.
Community Walk for Grief Support: Celebrating 25 Years of Transformation
The Center celebrated its 25th year anniversary with a fund raiser walk in Rogers Park, Chicago on June 4. [read more]
New interview on ideas for what to say and do to support the bereaved, by the Center's Meg Kelleher, LCSW.[read here]
Pain Bonds Us - I feel close to you when you let your pain show. A protective shield inside me slides away.[read more]
Private Practice: Dynamic Psychotherapy and Bereavement Counseling (CEU)[read more]
You Know Therapy Is Working When . . . - You feel increasingly uncomfortable with the status quo when it is causing harm. [read more]
Ideas About Mourning - For the griever the future feels shattered; everything hoped for is broken and gone/ lost like a broken mirror. [read more]
Myths and Realities of Mourning - Regrettably, our society maintains a host of unrealistic assumptions and inappropriate expectations when it comes to the work of grief and mourning. Here are some myths to consider:[read more]
The Difference Between Grief and Mourning - It is critical to know the difference between grief and mourning. Both processes are there to help the bereaved face the reality that their loved one is gone and then to slowly begin to accommodate to that fact. [read more]