When you are experiencing a loss, you may find that you lack the energy to partake in basic daily tasks. Therefore, going back to work is somewhat impossible. Loving Ashes understand how important it is, during a time of grief, to seek closure, spend time with loved ones and deal with the various tasks that accompany losing a loved one.
After a few days, weeks or even months off work, you may feel that it is time to return to your former life of routine. This is a decision that needs to be carefully considered to avoid further upset. Keep reading the blog as we reveal how to know if the time is ripe.
This is extremely important when making the decision to return to work. Are you ready to face your co-workers? You may not have seen many of them since the funeral of your loved one (if they attended), others may have dropped by in dribs and drabs to see how you were doing. Now, you may have been fine in the company of one or two co-workers, however, your first day back is going to be filled with the condolences and sympathetic looks. You need to be prepared to answer a million and one check-up questions, whilst maintaining a brave face. If you feel you can deal with running into multiple people who will all, assumedly, ask you about the loss of your loved one, then you will manage to return to work just fine (you are 100% allowed to cry your eyes out when you get home).
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When returning to work after bereavement leave, you need to be prepared for a few bumps in the road. Unfortunately, there will be a few tears and days that are hard- that is okay. However, it needs to be okay with your boss. Most human beings are fairly sympathetic towards the grieving, however, some people tend to be cold and dismissive. If your workplace is a place where you feel supported and comforted then returning to work is probably the healthiest, best option for your recovery. On the contrary, if you know your workplace will be unsympathetic and unsupportive then you are better off staying at home.
In the weeks following grief, distraction helps a lot of people get through the hardest days. Therefore, work may be a good idea if you are looking for a way to fill your days. This will only be effective if your work is something you enjoy. If you do not enjoy your work and often find yourself stressed and unhappy then it is of utmost importance that you do not allow additional stress to burden your already-heavy mind.
The days ahead will be long and hard, however, with time they will get easier. Keep a little piece of your loved one with you in your office or workplace by having a glass decorative piece made, using a small sample of their ashes and a bit of colour. Contact Loving Ashes today to discuss your customized decorative memorial piece.