Our current state of grief is epidemic, wide-reaching, and will last a long time.
The "grief-upon-grief" syndrome of prolonged global stress along with the issues of everyday life is more than most people can handle by themselves.
Culture is a way of being, and ritual is embedded in culture. As such, when grief comes knocking in today's world it causes shame, fear, embarrassment and sometimes labels. Not only do we find ourselves lacking the community support we require, we no longer have a system to support ourselves.
In addition to not having a clear cultural container for spirit and afterlife and grief, we are existing in a very uncertain time globally. There is a term for that.
We live in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous time.
"VUCA" is a concept that originated with students at the U.S. Army War College to describe the volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity of the world after the Cold War. It describes the situation of constant, unpredictable change that is now the norm in most areas of life. VUCA demands that you avoid traditional, outdated approaches to managing and leading, and reinvent the day-to-day constantly based on very little data and ability to plan. Most people who like structure don't like VUCA conditions.
Grief takes many, many forms.
Grief may show up as a simple loss of attachment. It can often show up as a loss of control, or loss of place. It can also arrive as something as deep as loss of vision, purpose or sovereignty. Too many times it's subtle - and it compounds on itself. Nearly everyone across the globe experienced several forms of grief in 2020, and we aren't yet bringing in the grief presented by daily life: death, job loss, breakups, chronic and terminal illness, accidents, violence, addiction and so much more.
Many international business organizations have deeply researched our growing relationship with grief. We are at the early edge of the grieving process that will take us through and to the other side of a global pandemic. We have already seen huge spikes in addiction, self-medicating and depression, and we are likely to see epic levels of PTSD and mental health issues.
People at work need help and support learning how to grieve completely and how to complete an emotional cycle and rise from the ashes of that.
What I do to help.
For this work, I streamlined a huge volume of information I have read, gathered, and learned from expert psychologists, neuroscientists, counselors, healers, and elders. Then I boiled it down to what I wanted to use for myself. Now I am sharing it with you.
If this topic resonates with you, please look at my course on grief and shadow.