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Life After Death
After the arrangements have been made, the funeral procession has ended, and the out-of-town relatives have gone home, there comes a point when you simply must return to “normal” life.
As difficult as it may be, you will eventually have to go back to work. Helen Fitzgerald of the American Hospice Foundation has some helpful advice on returning to work after the loss of a loved one. For some, work is a welcome release from days that were previously spent dwelling on the sadness at hand. Work is most likely a place that did not include the person who passed, so it may retain an ounce of normalcy, being mostly unchanged by the tragedy.
For others, returning to work can be very daunting, especially when faced with the prospect of having to recount your tale of woe to each person that comes up to you with the pitying eyes and the “I’m so sorry” sentiments. You may also fear a possible breakdown in front of employees.
No matter what your mindset, Fitzgerald has many suggestions on how to make a successful return to work, such as starting out with a few half-days to ease you back, or even going to work for an hour a few days before your official return to get that initial session of sympathy out of the way.
How have you dealt with returning to work after grieving a loss? Do you have any tips for making the transition easier?