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A Final Statement

Everyone grieves a little differently, and the timetable for mourning varies by individual. Grief isn’t right or wrong—it is just a normal human reaction to loss. The loss can be a death or some other very important change in a person’s life circumstances. Managers, Human Resources staff, co-workers, and others can help this process along by attending to the human needs for letting go and facilitating new beginnings.

It isn’t easy to be close to another’s pain and try to offer help. Someone else’s loss and grief can easily trigger our own unfinished grief and make it hard to be with them. Acknowledging and airing our own stored grief issues can make it easier. So, too, can knowing what to expect from a grief reaction, as well as acquiring some skills in helping another. Here is where you can make a big difference to an employee who is in grief. The comfort your skills and knowledge will give you lets you stay with the grieving person when others cannot.


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