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Returning to Work While Grieving

Posted by MrsGwen Jones on
Returning to Work While Grieving

The thought of returning to work after the loss of my son was very difficult. Thinking about all the questions my clients were going to have made me full of anxiety. Each time I tell the story, it feels like I've hit a reset button in my grief process. There are times when I want to talk about my son and there are times when I don't. 

Some people offer words of sympathy and condolences, while others stay quiet because they don't know what to say. Either way, it's hard for me to hide the sadness. One month after the death of my son, I started accepting a few appointments a week. Working on a light schedule is the best way for me to try to balance how I want to handle my grief at work.

There are 5 stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance). I'm sure there is an order of the stages, but I have been through all the stages already. From day to day, I never know what stage I might be in. 

My clients are very understanding and on days when I can't push through, they don't pressure me. I am not the same, after losing my only child, I am now a different person. Grief affects people in different ways, in time my grief will heal, and I will get back to my normal self again. 

The joy I once had is gone, and it's hard smiling at times. Going to events, and family functions are awkward during these times because I feel so disconnected. There are times when I find myself staring into space, and other times I will cry just from thinking about him. One of my struggles is looking at pictures of him and watching videos of him. I know this is the "denial" stage. For me to get past this stage, I've decided to put the most recent pictures of him throughout my house. Doing so will cause me to cry every time I pass one, but If I don't do this, I will be delaying my grieving process. 

Several people recommended that I seek grief counseling. Experts suggest that I leave some space for the natural grieving process to take place, usually about six months after the loss, unless I feel like I need it sooner. There is no deadline to seek it out. There is a possibility that support might be needed to restore balance in my life. Grief is like a circle without an end. The pain dulls, but grief is still in the background. Some can't move on because they feel stuck and feel guilty moving on, almost like they are too happy too quick when they feel they should still be sad. It's hard for some to move past those feelings. It's too early for me to pinpoint what I feel. 

Grief can't stay hidden within me forever. God, please give me the strength to push through and let it out. 

 

 

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5 comments

  • Diamond on

    Gween im praying for you , and I ask god to give you strength to take things one day at a time , min from.min, day for day ,

  • Evangelist JaFarraMarshellarae on

    My natural hair is so thick & long that it will not do me much justice to get a wig during the summer months. Maybe later in the year around Halloween as part of my costume it would be a good idea to go longer. Oh & Around Christmas would also work.

  • Tameka Cottrell on

    Just do what you can when you can. Writing suits you. Journaling sounds like a good habit to incorporate. Not only did you get some emotions out, you explained to others exactly how you feel at the moment. Have you considered a Blog too…I bet you’ll connect with so many people that could be helpful or just find inspiration and comfort in your Blogs.

  • Lea Creear on

    Gwen I am praying for you. Do what you must for you when ever and what ever it takes to get through the process. Much love Lea

  • Jeanette Greenwood on

    God got you sis…

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