Going Back To Work After Bereavement

After a loved one has passed away, going back to work and your regular routine can be one of the last things you want to do and this is completely understandable. Some people, however, want to get back to work as soon as possible to get back into a routine. A lot of people who are grieving struggle to get back to their professional working lives. 

South Wales Monuments have created a blog post which will give you all the advice you need to help ease yourself back into your working routine. If you have lost a loved one and are looking for a special way to remember them South Wales Monuments can create a bespoke memorial or headstone which will completely capture the life of your loved one perfectly. We understand how hard this decision will be for you and will be there to support our clients from start to finish. If you would like more information on our headstones available in South Wales, get in touch today on 02920 887188

Work & Life Balance

Make Sure Your Co-Workers Are Aware & Prepared

You will have probably already been in contact with your boss or your companies HR department after the death of your loved one. Before you return to work, it is important that you discuss whether or not to inform your co-workers about the unfortunate events. It is important to do this so you can avoid any awkward questions that you may find upsetting. 

Strategies For Staying Focused 

Grief will more often than not impact your ability to stay focused and concentrate. Even the smallest project may feel like an impossible task. Your attention span may be a lot shorter than normal as you will be thinking about other things. Even if before you have never needed things like to-do lists, now could be a good time to start. Traditional time management tasks like breaking down bigger tasks and having regular breaks can help you feel less distracted during your working day. 

It’s Okay To Want To Be Alone

You will have to prepare yourself for the fact that you may start to feel anxious or overwhelmed. When this happens it can be very helpful to go to a place where you can be alone. You could go to a bathroom, empty meeting room or go for a stroll outside for some fresh air. 

It’s Okay To Make Mistakes 

You will be juggling work with the demands of bereavement which can be extremely difficult, between your emotions and lack of concentration it is inevitable that some mistakes will be made. Your work might not be to the high standard as it was before the passing of your loved one. Neither you or your co-workers should expect you to be back at your best performance straight away. Do not put any pressure on yourself to be perfect as it will take a lot of time for you to get back into the routine of working life. 

Keep Communications Ongoing 


Keeping communication lines open with your HR department, manager or boss is vital especially in the days that you are returning to work. They will want to check on how you are feeling and speak to you about how to make your re-adjustment as comfortable and easy as possible. Do not ever feel ashamed or nervous to speak about how you are feeling and never be afraid to ask for extra help if you need it. 

South Wales Monuments 

When you get back to work, make sure that you are completely honest with yourself and others about how you are feeling. Recognize where you are emotionally and do not fight the natural process of mourning. 

South Wales Monuments can help with the next step of the grieving process by creating a bespoke memorial which will suit the lifestyle of your loved one perfectly. We completely understand how difficult the process will be which is why our trained team will help with each and every step of the process. If you would like more information on our headstones available in South Wales, get in touch today on 02920 887188.