I was wondering the same thing ie how other people cope in the workplace. My mom passed away on Sept 7/09 and I returned to work on Sept 21/09. As soon as I got to the office I knew that it was way too soon for me to be back there. On my first day back, I didn't really do any actual work and spent the majority of the day sorting through emails, my intray etc. But the next day, although my coworkers were sympathic (I was new to the job and still on probation at the time of mom's passing), it was "business as usual" and the expectations were that I was ready to give the usual 100% to my job.
Hi, I'm Bev. My mom passed away on Sept 7/09. It was not an unexpected death as she was sick for sometime. She died of kidney failure due to complications of diabetes. Our father passed away approx 25 years ago. While the memories of his death came flooding back with my Mom's passing, I do not remember experiencing anything like this, then again, I wasn't really that close to my Dad. I am the youngest in the family, having an older brother & 2 older sisters. The 4 of us each had a very close and special relationship with our Mom. My brother, who I admit because of our age differenc