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Returning to Work After Tragedy Strikes

Updated: Apr 16, 2021

Most companies offer three days of bereavement leave - for all types of losses. Some up to five days. I was lucky, I went back to work a mere two weeks after the tragedy struck, just two days after the memorial.

Upon returning, my colleagues met me with dismay wrapped awkward joy. It was perplexing. I never felt more exposed, cold, and vulnerable.

This episode explores how grief impacts our work life, how colleagues will fail to rise to the challenge. We talk about the signs your workplace is affecting your mental health, even before grief hits. And finally, we'll give you some helpful tips on how to prepare yourself for the return, armed with the right ways to respond, and how to keep yourself safe. Thank you for being here. I'm glad we found each other.


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