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Chapter 19: Grief in the Workplace

Grief in the Workplace

Grief in the workplace
Stephanie L. Gilbert E. Kevin Kelloway

Introduction

‘In this world', Benjamin Franklin is reputed to have written, ‘nothing is certain, except death and taxes'. Although Franklin may not have been the originator, we all recognize the inherent truth of the sentiment. Both individuals and organizations employ advisors (e.g., accountants or financial specialists) to help them to minimize the negative impact of their annual tax assessments. When it comes to death, however, there is little or no guidance available despite the costs to organizations and employees of ignoring the issue. Organizations are left to deal with death, grief, and bereavement relying on whatever resources they have developed by trial ...

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