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The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving by MS. Debra Holland

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chapter 11

Death in the Workplace

When someone you work with dies

Constant reminders

Different employees, different reactions

The role management plays

Ways to cope

Many people spend more time at their job, and with their co-workers, than they do with their families (at least when they’re awake). People who work together can form close bonds of friendship and community. Often, employers and employees describe themselves as a “family.” Therefore when a co-worker dies, the loss can have a profound impact on the other employees because they’ve lost one of their own.

A Work “Family”

Employees don’t have to be close to be impacted. People who work at the same business usually have their work lives intertwined. They work in departments or teams. ...

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