Two years ago, Arti Ram, head of APAC brand marketing at Bloomberg in Singapore, suffered the unthinkable: she lost two family members on successive days. Travel restrictions meant she was unable to spend time with her family right away, which only compounded the sense of loss.
“I think they call it grief overload,” she told the audience at last year’s This Can Happen conference on workplace mental health. “Your brain doesn’t know how to process all of that at once – particularly if you’re far away from family, which I was at the time. I oscillated between feeling numb and rudderless.”
The grieving brain
The loss of a loved one can have significant impacts on different parts of our brains. This can cause symptoms such as memory loss, confusion and difficulties concentrating.
Grief is an incredibly difficult thing for anyone to deal with. And while it’s one of the most deeply personal experiences you can have in life, it invariably has an impact in the workplace too.
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