Reminder: Grief and Loss Awareness Events
Two weeks ago, Wellness Wednesday was focused on honoring grief and loss.
The results of the poll question posed to Headlines readers showed that approximately 63% of respondents felt like they have not been able to adequately process their grief.
Indeed, it has been a difficult year, full of various losses. Whether at home or at work, the opportunity to grieve and mourn as we would have done in pre-pandemic times was not available for many. Funerals and visitations may not have been possible, or did not unfold in the way that we would have preferred. Patient deaths and traumas may have received less attention due to workload responsibilities.
Our hope is that you can schedule intentional time to attend Grief Awareness events during the month of May, and that leaders will help support staff to attend.
An especially poignant opportunity next month would be to share your experience through a Story Studio recording, sponsored by Gifts of Art, available to all faculty and staff during the month of May. The goal of Story Studio: Reflections on COVID is to honor this challenging time by offering a space for reflection – where participants can record 2-5 minute stories, and if they choose, make them available for listening by coworkers and colleagues. All participants, whether or not the story is shared publicly, will receive it as a digital file. Gifts of Art provides complimentary audio editing services, including optional music, to ensure a finished result. This service is presented in partnership with the Office of Counseling & Workplace Resilience.
Additionally, here are a few other suggestions to help with personal and professional grief and loss:
- Allow time and space to have feelings about your loss
- Create new rituals for saying goodbye
- Practice presence and self-compassion
- Recognize our common humanity
- Set an intention for caring amidst loss
- Find support in one another
Reach out to the Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience to speak with a counselor about your personal and professional grief experiences.
Seek out care and support from local community agencies who specialize in grief:
- Arbor Hospice: https://www.arborhospice.org/our-care-services/grief-care/
- Grieve Well: https://grievewell.com/
In the words of Charlie Mackesy, author of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse: “’What do we do when our hearts hurt?’ asked the boy. ‘We wrap them with friendship, shared tears and time, till they wake hopeful and happy again.’”