By Tre Miller Rodriguez
FROM THE JULY–AUGUST 2019 ISSUE
Harvard Business Review
Grief is a universal human experience, yet workplace culture is often inhospitable to people suffering profound loss. “There are many taboos at work,” Laszlo Bock told us, “and death is one of the greatest.” The former Google chief people officer and a cofounder of Humu, a Silicon Valley start-up dedicated to helping executives humanize the workplace, was celebrating Día de los Muertos on the day we spoke. It was November 2, and following a coworker’s suggestion, Humu had adopted the Mexican tradition of honoring the departed. “We have the lace paper flyers in the office, and the candy stalls, and people have put up photos of family members who have passed away,” Bock explained. “We made offerings to their spirits. We’re doing it because we want to make it OK to have conversations about death, to recognize that everybody is human.” Read More
“Returning to work after your child has died is a huge transition in grief. No longer do you have hours in the day to process your emotions and it is more difficult to create time to practice self-care or tend to your heart.
Grief is draining both physically and emotionally. Spending hours a day at work means that many fewer hours are available to take care of yourself.
So how do you balance work and grief?
Is it possible to fit it all in each day?”
Read More – https://stillstandingmag.com/2018/10/19/balancing-work-grief-and-self-care/?fbclid=IwAR1MQekC-EWKKaG9hL_c1yT1hdA55OZx3norQoHYlHt2m7RI2MU7I5K32PA
As we approach Father’s Day, I want to point out something I’ve realized that I think might go unnoticed by most of society: Bereaved dads are brave dads. Read More. https://stillstandingmag.com/2018/05/23/bereaved-dads-brave-dads/
Brighter Days Grief Center is a Minnesota nonprofit organization serving individuals anticipating or coping with the death of a beloved family member. Although we are a Grief Center providing free services and resources, we are so much more than that at our core. We are a community of families turned into volunteers, staff and board that are bound together by our own experiences.
These experiences have inspired us to support and guide grieving families in ways that were not available to us. Our programs are designed to address the financial, emotional and other psycho social aspects of grief. We realize each family member grieves differently, and therefore has different needs. Our goal is to help determine those needs, and provide the resources to compassionately address them.
Overall, we hope to lessen the devastating impact that grief can have on a family as well as a community. By providing a compassionate space for people to gather, with access to crucial programs and services, we will work to help families and communities move forward together rather than apart. We do not take this lightly; we understand that “moving forward” can seem impossible, yet we believe with genuine care and compassion it truly is possible.