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Understanding grief in the workplace is a Course

Understanding grief in the workplace



Full course description



Date: Friday, April 26, 2024 


Time: 11 am–12 pm PST 


Audience: All faculty and staff at UBC Vancouver and Okanagan are welcome to attend.  


Location: Zoom. (Once you’ve registered, you will be directed to the course Canvas page where you can find the Zoom link.) 


About this workshop: 


Imagine that your coworker has just experienced a significant loss and is now coming back to work. How do you support them in their transition back into the work environment? What do you say? What do you do 


This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about the impact of grief in the work environment and to better understand their role in creating more compassionate and grief-informed workplaces.  


At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Define grief and challenge some commonly held myths about grief; 
  • Understand how the impacts of grief and loss manifest at work, and
  • Apply practical strategies for creating more compassionate workplaces, including supportive language and approaches.

Important notes: 

  • The session will not be recorded. 
  • This session combines lecture elements with a variety of engaging elements like Q&A, group discussion, as well as poll and chat functionality.
  • There will be no breakout rooms.
  • Closed captioning can be enabled.


About your facilitators:  


Janet Gwilliam-Wright (she/her) has fifteen years' experience leading large organizational change and working on complex policy issues. A leader in the grief and loss space, Janet founded the Motherlove Project, a global platform for motherless daughters. Janet received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Arts and Public Administration from Queen's University.