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How to Return to the Workplace After Funeral Service 

Following a deceased relative’s funeral or cremation service at an East Greenbush, NY funeral home, you’ll be in the early stages of the grieving process. It will take time to feel normal again, but you’ll have to pick up the pieces and get back to your regular routine at some point.  

If you’re still employed, you will need to make as smooth a transition back to the workplace as possible. It won’t be easy, and you shouldn’t expect it to be; but getting back to a regular routine, even if it’s a new normal, is an important part of moving on and dealing with grief.  

Here are some tips to help you return to the workforce after the funeral service for a loved one.  

Be Ready for Small Talk 

You can bet that your co-workers will want to engage in some chit-chat when you return. How you respond will largely depend on whether or not you had informed them of the nature of your absence. If you don’t feel like talking about anything too personal, then think up some of the sorts of things you can say in response. If a co-worker asks you how you’re doing, you might feel uncomfortable if, on the inside, you feel like your whole world has come tumbling down. You might want to respond to such a question by saying something like something like “I’m hanging in there.” You may sometimes wish to steer a conversation in another direction if you feel as though some of your co-workers are getting too personal. You won’t be able to stop the questions, so it’s best to know how to respond to in a way that doesn’t cause hard feelings.  

Figure Out a Way to Stay on Task 

It can be difficult to stay focused when you’re still grieving. One way you can do this is to get better organized. That means making a list of things that need to be done. You can further simplify things by grouping tasks into different groups. Making a list and checking things off as you complete them will help you to get things done. You’ll eventually get back to your regular work routine. It might just take a bit of time to get there.  

Take Some Alone Time 

Another thing you should do is allow yourself some alone time. That can take the form of going for a walk during your lunch break, working in a more private area of the office, or something else. You might want to ask your manager if your desire for a bit more privacy can be accommodated. No matter how much you may try to keep it all together, you won’t be able to hit the pause button on mourning and grieving. You can make up for that by simply having some alone time even while at work.  

McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home is the only funeral home in East Greenbush, NY that you need to contact when there’s a death in the family. Call us at (518) 235-1722 for immediate attention from one of our professional and compassionate staff members. You can also drop in at your office at 8 109th St Troy, NY 12182 to speak to one of our staff members in person.