Grieving the loss of a loved one is never easy, but it can be especially difficult when you have to get back to work. Being honest and upfront with your coworkers can make things a little easier for everyone.
Photo by Lloyd Morgan.
Your coworkers may mean well, but a constant flow of outreach can make it hard to concentrate on your work. Amy Morin, the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do, explains:
Well-meaning coworkers may pause during the day to ask you how you're doing or to pass on their sympathies, but while they will likely be able to move on with their day after the conversation is over, it may completely derail you.
When you're trying to focus, the last thing you need is a reminder of the tragedy you're dealing with. Morin suggests you tell your coworkers what you're going through first thing. Send out an email to thank them for their sympathies and let them know how you they can help. If you don't want to discuss it at work, tell them so they know not to bring it up. If you want them to give you some space, ask that they only come to you with work related things. The earlier you can address things, the easier you'll make it on yourself and the people you work with.
How to Manage Grief at Work [Fast Company]