Posts from September 2021

Have you lost a loved one to COVID-19?  
 
While all grief is felt at 100% and you can’t compare losses, COVID bereavement has had extra layers of grief to unpick. 
 
You might regret that you weren’t able to say everything you wanted to, or you weren’t able to say goodbye. It could be that you stayed away from vulnerable or older members of your family only to lose them anyway. You might have been robbed of your loved one’s last year if they died in a care home. You might feel guilty for spreading COVID to your family. 
Grief Recovery Specialist Dawn Ford reveals how the Grief Recovery Method transformed a young man who'd attempted suicide. 
 
Dawn Ford shares the moving story of a young man who had attempted suicide following the death of his father, combined with other losses. He and his Mum are happy for her to share the story in the hope that others get the right help. 
When you’re grieving, well-meaning friends can be the source of unhelpful comments, said to make you feel better.  
 
You’re advised to take actions that distract you from your feelings or convert your feelings into intellectual ideas. 
 
“Be strong,” and “They wouldn’t want you to be sad,” for example are all true intellectually, but don’t help you deal with your feelings. 
 
Consequently, it can become easier to tell everyone you’re fine rather than sharing the truth. You might even start believing it yourself even though realistically you’re far from fine. 
There are over 40 life losses that can result in the symptoms of grief, including a loss of feeling safe, which might apply to staff returning to work. 
 
If you’re a business owner, manager, or HR professional, you may find some staff are reluctant to return to the office after working from home. 
 
When employers understand and acknowledge the impact grief can have on their teams, employee mood, satisfaction, productivity and retention improve. 
As a new academic year begins, you may find many children need extra support and encouragement as they try to recover from two academic years full of disruption and uncertainty. 
 
If you work with children in an educational setting, you know it’s not realistic to protect children from everything sad or frightening in life, and that with the right tools to deal with emotional pain and grief, children can be very resilient. 
 
We welcome a recent Sky News article highlighting the need for teachers to receive training for supporting studentswho have lost loved ones. 
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