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Chapter 14. Understanding The Tasks Of M... > Task II: Reaching the Pain and Other...

Task II: Reaching the Pain and Other Feelings of Grief

The pain of grief is physical as well as emotional. Often, a person who has experienced loss will say, “I feel as though I have been punched in the stomach.” Any type of loss can bring about those hurting, aching, empty feelings. It is important that people allow themselves to feel these feelings and to tell someone about them as well. It is also important that people assisting those who are grieving be accepting of that pain and that it must be experienced in order to avoid getting stuck in grief.

Others’ pain can be hard to take. It’s not easy to stay with them when they start to worry, cry or rage about changes in their work role. Each individual will experience the pain and feelings of grief differently. If you are in a position to help another employee because of your job role or because you are a friend or colleague, you may or may not be comfortable with the expression of these feelings. Changing the subject or inventing distractions for such people may be unproductive for their grieving/healing process. Some see tears as a sign of weakness, or anger as lack of control, or worrying as a lack of courage. But we can be most helpful when we view the sounds of grief as sounds of healing.


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