Open to Hope Radio

  • Rachel Kodanaz: Returning to Work after a Loss

    September 11, 2013

    Since 1996, Rachel Kodanz has spoken nationally on “Grief in the Workplace” as a result of the sudden death of her husband, which left her with a two-year-old to raise, and her experience as a manager in a Fortune 100 company. Rachel recently published the book, Living with Loss, One Day at a Time, offering […]

  • Barbara Barski-Carrow; Returning to Work After Loss

    November 25, 2010

    Barbara Barski-Carrow is a business consultant whose consulting firm focuses on the workplace environment and helping managers and co-workers understand emotional recovery of themselves and their employees when returning to work after a traumatic life experience.  She is the author of When Trauma Survivors Return to Work:  Understanding Emotional Recovery.

Articles

  • Heavenly Peace: How One Man’s Grief Journey has Taught Him Well

    December 23, 2011

    My holiday season has begun with another lesson learned along my Grief Journey. It comes with the passing of one of my friends who has done the billing in my Family & Personal Counseling practice. Diana Hogan reminded me of my Aunt Rose, whom we also lost to cancer. For the first time in awhile, […]

  • Workplace Grief: Listening to the Griever

    March 17, 2011

    Helping hurting employees can be complicated, challenging, and confusing, especially when the employee’s needs and reactions change from one day to the next. Grieving people are often unsure what they want from others, which complicates things further. Just as there is no rulebook as to the length and pattern of grief, there is no right […]

  • Dealing With Loss in the Workplace

    April 28, 2010

    Losses are part of life. A colleague lost his wife in a car accident. A fellow employee lost her home. Your supervisor is going through a divorce. All these transitions are losses experienced by people every day, but do we acknowledge them at the workplace? Unfortunately it doesn’t happen on a regular basis. Grief is […]

  • We’re Strengthened When We Say ‘I’m Here’

    March 7, 2010

    I recently attended calling hours to support a close friend who had suddenly lost her cousin to cancer. When I arrived, I joined the end of the receiving line and proceeded to view the television monitor which displayed a memorial of the deceased. Several people behind and in front of me were quietly talking amongst […]

  • The Empty Office: Death of a Boss

    August 21, 2009

    By Carrie Pike – When you start working after high school, you are not necessarily pursuing a career. I started working for a large insurance company right out of high school. That began me on a path to important life lessons as I served as personal assistant to the VP of Sales. I was lucky to have […]

  • How Do You Honor Deceased Colleague?

    May 29, 2009

    Michele writes in: At our company, the executive secretary to the President, who was only in her early 30s, died last year suddenly one afternoon. She had been with the company for 12 years. She was like family to many of her coworkers. Any suggestions as to how to recognize the one-year anniversary of her […]

  • How Do You Honor Co-Worker on Anniversary of Her Death?

    May 26, 2009

    Michele writes in: At our company, the executive secretary to the President, who was only in her early 30s, died last year suddenly one afternoon. She had been with the company for 12 years. She was like family to many of her coworkers. Any suggestions as to how to recognize the one-year anniversary of her […]

  • A Tribute To Ellie

    September 26, 2008

    Ellie Valdez Honeyman has touched and inspired very many lives. She was one of those rare souls whom others are always happy to encounter, even if just in passing and to share a quick hello. She had a natural way of always leaving other feeling uplifted, and I know those who had the privilege of knowing her will always remember that. Ellie died earlier this week after a […]

  • Helping Others to Help Us During the Holidays

    December 30, 0200

    At the time in our life when we need people the most – following the death of someone we love – most of us feel abandoned. When people should be rushing in to hold us, support us, accompany us, and love us, most run in the opposite direction or at best are paralyzed, not certain […]