How does grief impact your experience at work? What would your workplace be like if loss was more welcomed rather than avoided?
The crises we continue to face, from COVID-19 to racial injustice to climate emergencies and beyond, leave us with a completely natural and necessary need to grieve. But despite all the positive outcomes of healthily grieving, welcoming grief is often challenging, and perhaps nowhere more so than in our workplaces.
As we continue to navigate the future of our work spaces and professional practices, there’s an urgent need for workplace culture to acknowledge loss in balance with achieving professional goals. As colleagues, coworkers, and teams, learning how to support each other in our most challenging moments is a critical step in creating work cultures that are more equitable, inclusive, and resilient.
In this introduction to Grief at Work, we’ll begin to work through this challenge. Through this open-to-the-public workshop, we’ll reflect on grief & loss at work (and what gets in the way), hold space for loss practices, and share tools that transform workplaces towards collective empowerment, healing, and resilience.
This workshop will serve as an intro for Grief at Work, a staff training program led by Ari Simon for organizations, companies, and teams to learn key skills for recognizing and responding to grief in the workplace.
“I am so appreciative of Ari’s grace at teaching about the layers of dealing with grief in the workplace. They create comfortable spaces for colleagues to be vulnerable and open up about the emotional toll work can have on a public servant. I received a lot of gratitude and affirmation from Grief at Work participants on the importance of creating more of these offerings.” — Uyen Ngo, SFMTA (SF MUNI)
About the Facilitator
Ari Simon (they/them) is a facilitator, strategy & engagement specialist, climate policy convener, producer, coach & grief care worker. Ari's various programs on grief, death care, and transformation — such as Queering Death, You've Got Male.. Grief, and Grief at Work — have engaged thousands participants from across North America.
In 2019, Ari founded Inner & Outer Engagement, a practice offering workshops, planning processes, and transformational coaching. Through IOE, they bring people into conversation and connection around environmental policy and climate adaptation, organizational values, gender identity, community resilience, and grief, death & loss.
This event is open to all. Please support the Grief at Work program with a $15-30 sliding scale purchase of your ticket. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.