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Grief, Death, Loss - What do I say?


These emotions can be deep, visceral, overwhelming, all-consuming...

Being human means that there will be many times in your life when you, your family members, your friends and your work colleagues experience these deep emotions.

Yet how do you manage these emotions and situations in your own life? What are the best ways in which you can assist your family, friends and colleagues during these extreme times?

Generally, most people associate loss with encounters with death. However grief, as a response to loss, permeates all facets of our lives...We experience loss not only through death, but also through changes that we encounter throughout the rich tapestry of life (Goldsworthy, 2005, p.167).

Loss can come in many guises: loss of a friendship, health, a marriage, one’s country of origin, an unborn child, a loved pet and, of course, loss of a loved one. The loss can be seen as the wound while the associated grieving can be seen as the healing of that wound.

Each person grieves in their own unique way, yet this grieving usually oscillates between deep emotions and keeping busy.

Despite the reality and certainty that all people will suffer losses at various times in their lives, in general we, as a society, as quite ill-informed as to how to best support a grieving person. Many people, with the best intentions, provide platitudes or surface comfort to the grieving person, while others decide it is best to either remain at a distance or to just not mention the loss at all.

Given the inevitability of loss and death in life, Realisations Consultancy now offers you a half day workshop, aimed at assisting you and your employees deal with grief. The workshop will cover:

  • the types of grief and loss

  • the symptoms of grief

  • the latest research on the models of grieving

  • practical ideas on what to say and do – and what to avoid – in supporting yourself and others

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