Loss, Grief and Bereavement Policy in the Workplace
Death, Grief, and Bereavement are something each of us will experience. Grief is different and unique to each individual. How we show up as friends, colleagues, and managers can play a crucial role in providing comfort during hard times.
Dr. Kent Tonkin, Associate Professor at St Francis University, shares his lifelong journey shaped by loss and grief. From early childhood loss to his doctorate discretion on Bereavement Policy in the Workplace, Kent’s story is inspirational and comforting.
I have been radically shaped by loss and grief as well. I have learned that it has a sacred and healing purpose. It has taught me how to heal and grow. It has also shown me how to support those that are experiencing loss. Kent and I share many bonds, but this is a deep connection that we speak to in this episode.
Kent’s eventual healing came through acts of service. He was introduced to the “Healing Patch Children’s Grief Program”. The Healing Patch offers support to children that have lost a parent or caregiver. The program needed help when funding was cut and Kent assisted with fundraising. That leads to a successful non-profit and his active involvement with it.
Kent’s doctorate work in the area of Bereavement Policy in the workplace is both progressive and sorely needed. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides time to care for a dying loved one, but does not provide for any bereavement leave or support. Workplace policy is either non-existent or is not easily accessible. In his studies, Managers and direct supervisors can have the greatest impact on employees that have suffered a death of a loved one.
Dr. Tonkin is also involved with The Evermore group that advocates for regulatory and legal advancements for loss and bereavement policy. Dr Tonkin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kent-p-tonkin The Healing Patch: https://www.facebook.com/healingpatchchildrensgriefprogram/ Evermore Bereavement Care: https://live-evermore.org/
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