Working and grief


When you’ve had a close bereavement, working can be a welcoming and effective distraction that enables you to keep functioning. It offers you a break from grieving.

With 1 in 10 people being affected by bereavement at any one time, you’re not alone! Whilst this might be of some comfort to you, with this course, you’ll learn that there is no ‘one size’ fits all approach to the grieving process.

You’ll learn how to put one foot in front of the other with our easy step-by-step guide on the things you MUST do if you are to continue to adapt to your new way of living.

Topics for this course

4 Lessons

Working and grief

Prioritise yourself00:04:00
Fearfulness and bereavement00:02:23
Take perspective on your work performance00:02:15
Work is therapy00:01:37

About the instructor

Dr Yvonne Yates is a Practitioner Psychologist, currently working in independent practice. She spends her time writing and recording for Zen Buddy, delivering psychological therapy, and assessing learning difficulties. She has worked in a range of settings and organisations, including adult primary care, education, memory and rehabilitation, young offenders, and child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS), helping diverse client groups with their mental and emotional wellbeing, and learning needs.
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26 Courses

19 students


Material Includes

  • Four lessons on factors to consider before returning to work after a close bereavement.
  • Four videos supporting the science behind the advice given.
  • A mindful walking video exercise to help you focus and accept the ‘now,’ enabling you to feel more comfortable with any distressing thoughts and upsetting feelings.
  • Guidance on how to cope with fearfulness when you return to work.
  • Solutions to help you manage co-workers questions.
  • How to accept and forgive that your work performance is likely to be weaker than before.
  • Details on how returning to work can be therapeutic.
  • Discovery of turning points in your journey to recovery.

Target Audience

  • This course is for individuals who have experienced a close bereavement and are ready to return to work. With our motivational messages, easy-to-follow guidance, and expert advice, you’ll feel less fearful at the prospect of seeing your co-workers on returning to work. You’ll soon be able to shift the balance between the time you spend grieving and time living. You will be helped to see that you can adapt and accept your life without the deceased.