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Introduction

Introduction

Let’s face it. No one wants to deal with grief and pain. Many of us run away from people who have had a tragic loss. We want to push loss from our minds because it’s just too terrible to hear and think about. It scares us to imagine that the misfortune of others could also happen to us.

We usually associate grief with death and the loss of loved ones. But we all know that grief comes from many sources other than death and dying. The traumatic changes and losses that have been taking place in the workplace for some years now have been like deaths to millions of employees and their families. Their grief is real; it is normal, and there are things you and I can do to help. This book is about how to give that help to others and to ourselves.

By way of introduction, I would like to acquaint you with some basic myths and principles that will help in this process of working with grief.

Common Myths

  1. Bad things happen to other people.

  2. I can handle this on my own.

  3. I don’t need to talk about it.

  4. No one can tell how really upset I am.

  5. My pain, anger and fear will just go away on their own.

  6. If I don’t think about it, nothing happened or will happen.

Basic Principles

  1. You can’t fix grief.

  2. Everyone grieves differently.

  3. There is no set timetable for grief.

  4. Grief can come as a result of loss due to change.

  5. Grieving the loss of the “old” and reinvesting in the “new” brings about growth and joy.

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