How to figure out the right time to go back to work after losing a loved one.
|It's being reported that production of Michelle Williams's movie, Blue Valentine, has been put on hold while the actress grieves Heath Ledger. Family counselor and friend of Mom•Logic Rosanne Tobey, L.P.C., offers some tips on how Moms can navigate the process of taking time off work after a death.|
• Rest 2-3 days after the services. You're physically and emotionally exhausted, and both your body and mind need rest. Then have a candid conversation with your boss; find out your company's bereavement policy and talk about how you could best transition.
• Work shorter hours. Ease in with a truncated schedule.
• Don't expect to be 100%. Your boss and co-workers know you've been through something major.
• Follow your instincts. You never know how long the grieving process will take until you're going through it. Most people are surprised by how grief affects them. If you go back and it feels too soon, take more time off.