It's about Understanding

Grief in the Workplace

The end of grief is not the end of memory Grief in the WorkplaceWhen an employee is in crisis, it affects everyone in the office. Balancing employees’ situation with day-to-day business needs can be challenging. Maintaining managerial responsibilities while imparting personal compassion, determines how staff reacts at the time, as well as how grief could affect the organization in the long-term.

The staff at the Monarch Center at Sylvia's is available to provide guidance in sensitive issues, respecting personal privacy and promoting forthright communication. Our services include resource materials, group sessions and one-on-one counseling, on a case-by-case basis.

Symptoms of grief can take weeks, months and even years to individually process. This is where our experts can help everyone involved understand that grief is a process, not an event that one suddenly “gets over.” Our educational programs assist the workplace community when:

  • An employee is grieving a loss
  • Co-workers are affected by another who is grieving
  • Managers need structure in overseeing those who are grieving

There is no timetable to grief. With our guidance, employees learn that pain lessens with time and they will return to previous levels of function.



People who work closely together are “extended family.”

When someone dies, co-workers grieve the loss of the “family member.” The atmosphere can become uncomfortable and strained. Common reactions include:

  • Shock
  • Anger
  • Short temper
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Withdrawal
  • Deep sadness
  • Sleeplessness
  • Difficulty concentrating


Understand that grief is unpredictable and each person responds differently. We can help!