Human Resources

"Things used to be that way, now they're this way, and who knows what they will be like later"

In 2017 more than 2,813.000 people died in the United States. 

Out of that number more than 449,000 were under the age of 55. 

When a death occurs on average it impacts the lives of 33 other people.

Last year 81% of the United States workforce was impacted by crisis/grief with events including death, illness, accidents, terrorism, divorce, finances, and downsizing.

Due to this type of impact in the work place, we are making available our Crisis/Grief Intervention Workshops to businesses. 

Why is this important now?      Because crisis/grief at home comes to work everyday.

At the conclusion of our CEU workshops for professionals, nurses, hospice, social workers, licensed mental health workers, and physicians as well as when we have given our Crisis/Grief Workshops and Seminars for Death Care providers, we have had a surprising number of people in the field of Human Resources express to us that crisis/grief in the work place is becoming more intrusive every day. They further explained they simply did not have a plan of action in place that would have a long term affect on the problem.

Since 1944 research has indicated that illness or a death in the family is the second most common problem which affect workplace performance. Your company’s cost of employee absences, unfocused production, hiring and training may be substantial if the response from the employer is inappropriate or insufficient. Our innovative educational workshop helps employees and employers handle the challenging tasks of retaining good mental and physical health while restoring focus on the job.

Unfortunately, a grieving employee or one in crisis is thought of as a “once good employee gone bad”. Numerous factors have eroded the family and community support systems leaving a person to deal with their hardship alone. The psychological feelings of loss and tragedy are profound. The result is that those who encounter a crisis in the workplace may have difficulties performing and maintaining stability on the job. Anger, fear and isolation invade your company’s profits as well as the culture.

Two facts that we all must accept are change is constant and no one is immune to crisis/grief events.  If terrorism, natural disasters, war, loss of a loved one, serious illness or downsizing has affected your company, providing a pro-active educational workshop is key for productive employees. The disruption and the downward spiral of chaos and crisis will be halted. 

 Crisis/Grief Intervention Workshop Content

Presenter: Sherry Russell

Title:  Crisis/Grief Management Specialist, Board Certified in Bereavement Trauma, Board Certified Expert Expert in Traumatic Stress, Diplomat, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
                      Author and Researcher

Professional Affiliations include:
*     Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
*     American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
*     Association of Death Education and Counseling
*     Academy of Bereavement
*     Suicidology Research Program

Company:  Catch A Falling Life Inc.

Contact information:

Years of Experience:  27

Our workshops can be tailored to fit your company’s needs.

   Triumph over negative impact is profoundly essential.

Example of a Workshop Schedule:

8:45 - 10:30
Dissecting Crisis and Grief
• Safe guarding a supportive and rational environment in crisis
• Understanding the transition of change
• The dynamics of crisis/grief on the family and the work place
• How to reduce disruption

Break 10:45 - 11:00

11:00 - 12:00
The Science of Coping
• Examine three coping strategies
• Ways to improve coping skills
• How to effectively communicate

Lunch 12:00 - 1:00

1:00 - 2:45
Understanding the Uniqueness of Perception
• Perception is everything
• Enhance listening skills
• Improving thinking for better problem solving

Break 2:45 – 3:00

3:00 - 4:30
Crisis/Grief Response Plan
• Understanding what is happening to you under crisis: The emotional and biological impact
• How to deal with anger issues – your own and/or someone else’s
• Initiate positive recovery

The workshop is given in a creative and fun way to open the avenues of thinking and change perceptions.  It uniquely covers levels of thinking skills, coping skills, trauma related danger signals and family dynamics.  By understanding why each person is unique, why perceptions are different and how to listen to one another, the employer can spin straw into gold and retain a healthy environment from which all employees can be productive.

Speaker & Author Sherry Russell
Conquering the Mysteries and Lies of Grief
Continuing Education
Pull Your Own Wagon with Crisis Gertie

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