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 death in a very low key manner?
Patrick T. Malone responds: I think the best way would be for the company to do something in her memory: a contribution to her favorite charity in her memory, a contribution to her school in her memory, for example. If she had children, perhaps you could start a scholarship fund for them. Anything large or small that would indicate the company has not forgotten her 12 years of service. Her family will love the fact that the company remembered her and her contributions over the 12 years that she was part of the company family.
Patrick T. Malone, a Senior Partner with The PAR Group www.thepargroup.com, has more than 35 years experience in operations, customer service, and sales management. Patrick served on the National Board of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) from 1999-2005. He served as treasurer from 2000-2003, and was President of the TCF board from 2003-2005. Patrick and his wife Kathy reside in Atlanta, Georgia and are the parents of Bryan, Lance (1970-1995), Scott (1971), Sean and Erin(1974) and the grandparents of Shannah, Devin, Riley, Katie and Megan. Patrick may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.orgTags: grief, hope, signs and connections