The list of things to do when someone dies is long and burdensome. If one of the things on that list was, "return to work," then this episode is for you. If you're a manager or co-worker wondering how to best support someone when they get to that item on the list, this episode is also for you. In a world where most companies provide woefully inadequate, if any, bereavement leave, many people have to return before they are ready, and when they do go back they are usually met with awkward comments or outright silence. Margo Fowkes, founder of Salt Water, an online community for grief, published her book, Leading Through Loss - How to Navigate Grief at Work, with the hope of easing this transition, both for employees and employers. We talk about:
- How Margo's experience as a mother grieving a son and a daughter grieving a mother inspired her to start Salt Water.
- Why it's important for companies to support their employees who are grieving.
- The power of peer support in the work place.
- How support doesn't always mean more time off.
- What employees identified as their biggest need at work.
- Examples of effective work place support.
- How writing this book helped Margo reflect on how she and her family returned to work and school after her son died.
Listen to Margo's previous interview on Grief Out Loud. Ep. 172 Living After Your Child's Life Ends.
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