Alex Jurgens, MSOL, Senior Education and Inclusion Coordinator at Grief’s Journey has been involved in the community for many years as a peer mentor, program coordinator and educator for various organizations. Through his own experience with grief losing his mother and another family member to suicide Alex turned his academic path to becoming an educator in the field of grief awareness. Alex knows grief can be a taboo topic but with education and awareness communities can learn “how to” have conversations about grief and recognize that no one has to walk their grief’s journey alone.
This presentation will be an introduction into grief, how it impacts the workplace, and how we can build companionship to support staff. Data and research show grief can cause low work performance, impact retention, and influence organizational culture. We will discuss the definition of grief, examples of losses, common grief reactions, and grieving styles. Additionally, we will discuss the definition and rules of companioning and how companionship can start developing grief support at work.