Experiencing grief due to the loss of a job is not gender specific. It may be true that men tend to attach their identity to their job and women tend to find security from their job, however, the loss can be just as traumatic for either.
Crystal realized that her loss of a job caused depression brought on by her grief. She began sleeping late and not even dressing to go out for the day. Those who helped her most were friends who tuned into her experience through caring. One friend called her each morning for a while to encourage her to get out of bed and face a new day. Crystal soon began getting up and dressing as if she were going to work which lightened her spirits and helped her work through the deep hollow feelings of loss.
Not all of her friends were as understanding. One, who she visited shortly after her job loss, did not factor her grief into her less than perky actions and criticized her “lack of caring”. This can be a challenge to all of us to be sensitive to friends we know who have had losses that can be a normal course of life, like losing a job, with understanding and allowances for the grieving process.
With Broadened Awareness