A Little Bleak Humor About Working While Grieving

Suzanne posted this apt piece about the workplace perils grieving parents face on the GBB Facebook Page.  Most apply to anyone grieving, actually.  Here’s an excerpt from “A Bereaved Parent’s (tongue-in-cheek) Guide to Job Postings” in The Mourning After Natasha blog.

The job posting says: “Must be flexible and willing to take on new challenges.”
What it really means: Required to fix the photocopier and master other office hardware and software without an attitude and without haranguing the admin assistant.
What it means to bereaved parents: That recalcitrant photocopier or software program you may be ordered to learn might cause untold stress. That’s because grief takes its toll on short-term memory and the ability to learn new skills. You might be able to compensate for any gaps in performance by demonstrating your fantastic sense of humor.

What workplace challenges have you faced while grieving?

About Rebecca Hensler

Rebecca Hensler founded Grief Beyond Belief in 2011, following the death of her infant son Jude. She runs Grief Beyond Belief from her home and continues to write and speak on the topics of grief without faith and secular grief support.


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