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Workplace Grief & Loss Managment

Guiding Organizations Through Layoffs and Loss: Providing Support for Employees During Difficult Times

In an ever-changing business landscape, layoffs and bereavement are unfortunately a part of our reality. Navigating these challenging times in the workplace requires empathy, understanding, and strategic planning. At CMHC, we provide the tools and resources necessary to support organizations and their employees through periods of layoffs and personal loss.

Our comprehensive approach includes:

  1. Grief Counseling and Support Groups: We provide professional grief counseling and facilitate support groups for employees directly affected by layoffs or the death of a coworker. These services offer a safe space for individuals to share their experiences, process their emotions, and find comfort in connecting with others going through similar situations.

  2. Manager and Supervisor Training: Our specialized training equips managers and supervisors with the skills and knowledge needed to support their teams during times of grief and loss. We provide guidance on how to create a supportive work environment, communicate with compassion, and promote emotional well-being among team members.

  3. Organizational Change Management: We offer expert advice and strategies for managing the impact of layoffs and bereavement on your organization. This includes addressing the emotional well-being of remaining employees, helping teams navigate the transition, and fostering a culture of resilience.

  4. Educational Resources and Workshops: Our informative resources and workshops educate employees on the grieving process, self-care strategies, and ways to support their colleagues during challenging times.


By investing in our Compassionate Support for Grief & Loss services, your organization demonstrates a genuine commitment to employee well-being, fostering a supportive and empathetic work environment where employees can heal and thrive.

Our Expert Team
on Grief & Loss

Dr. Heidi Schreiber-Pan


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As an international speaker and author of several popular books, Dr. Schreiber-Pan has established herself as a sought-after mental health trainer, sharing her extensive knowledge and expertise with individuals and organizations around the world. With a background in teaching at Loyola Maryland's graduate school, she brings a wealth of experience and academic rigor to her work in the field of mental health. As the founder and executive director of the Chesapeake Mental Health Collaborative and Center for Nature Informed Therapy, Dr. Schreiber-Pan is committed to providing cutting-edge, evidence-based solutions for addressing workplace stress and burnout. Trust in her leadership and guidance as we work together to create a healthier, more resilient work environment for your organization.

Susan Watson


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Susan Watson is a dedicated mental health counselor who champions an integrative and holistic approach to therapy. Recognizing the potential influence of physiological stressors on mental health, she highlights the importance of incorporating resources that bring strength and meaning to her clients into the therapeutic process. Specializing in addressing anxiety, Susan understands the role of an "overreactive" alarm system, often established early in life, in contributing to stress and discomfort. She has witnessed firsthand how mindfulness and breathwork can significantly reduce anxiety in her clients. In the context of workplace grief and loss, Susan's expertise in managing anxiety and stress becomes particularly crucial. By helping individuals and teams navigate these challenges, she contributes to healthier, more resilient workplaces. Her compassionate approach ensures that employees are supported in their healing journey, enabling them to grow stronger and more resilient in the face of adversity.

Hope Rubin


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Hope Rubin, a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC), specializes in resilience building, promoting positive coping skills, and fostering self-compassion in times of grief and loss. She holds a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care, both from Loyola University Maryland. Hope also has a BA in Psychology from Goucher College, with a concentration in humanistic, existential, and transpersonal psychology. Hope's approach is collaborative, focusing on identifying her clients' goals for change and addressing the triggers and patterns that might hinder optimal wellness. With over 20 years of experience in mindfulness and self-care practices, she is an adept facilitator in navigating the emotional landscapes of workplace grief. She is trained in evidence-based approaches for treating individual and collective trauma, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and The Center for Mind-Body Medicine's Mind-Body Skills Group model. This, combined with her expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and integrative practices such as nature-informed therapy, makes Hope a comprehensive resource for organizations seeking support in managing grief and loss.

Bev Gorman

Registered Nurse, Health/Relationship/Enneagram Coach / Co-active Coach

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A Registered Nurse, Riso-Hudson Certified Enneagram Teacher through the Enneagram Institute, and professional member of the International Enneagram Association. With her extensive background in Co-Active Life Coaching, Bev specializes in using the Enneagram for executive coaching and team dynamics. Bev has experience working with individuals, couples, and partners, addressing their strengths and challenges through the guidance of the Enneagram. She teaches both introductory Enneagram courses and in-depth Enneagram workshops for schools, businesses, ministries, non-profits, and board of directors. Bev also leads Enneagram-guided retreats for small groups, churches, and businesses, helping organizations enhance team collaboration and synergy. Trust in Bev's expertise to elevate your organization's workplace dynamics and promote a healthier, more productive work environment.

Renee Vanderstelt


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Renee Vanderstelt is a seasoned art therapist who utilizes her expertise in mental health to address concerns such as grief and loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, and adjustment difficulties. She works individually and in small groups, offering a solution-focused, strength-based, person-centered, and holistic approach. Renee's unique therapy method integrates art into the healing process, helping clients express and understand their experiences in ways that words can't always capture. She creates a warm and empathetic environment for clients to safely reflect and process their emotions. Whether it's through diverse art materials or other forms of expression such as sound, music, journaling, mindfulness practices, or somatic-sensory movements, Renee tailors her approach to meet the unique needs of each client. Equipped with a strong understanding of trauma-informed practices, Renee prioritizes safety when working through trauma. Her focus on long-term self-care and health ensures that the strategies developed during therapy can be carried forward beyond the sessions. As a valuable asset to organizations navigating grief and loss, Renee is committed to fostering resilience and healing in the workplace.

Customization & Flexibility

Every organization is unique, and so are the challenges they face. At CMHC, we understand this and offer a flexible approach in addressing grief and loss in the workplace. Our team of skilled professionals takes the time to understand your organization's specific needs and culture. Based on this understanding, we create a customized plan to provide support and solutions that align with your organizational goals.

Our services range from individual counseling sessions, group therapy, workshops, seminars, to comprehensive training programs, allowing us to adapt to the scale of support your organization requires. We also accommodate various delivery formats, including in-person and virtual sessions, to ensure accessibility and convenience for your team.

Through this flexible and tailored approach, CMHC aims to provide a supportive environment that not only helps your employees navigate through difficult times but also strengthens the overall mental health resilience within your organization. Trust us to partner with you in creating a healthier, more supportive, and resilient workplace.

Benefits of Our Workplace Grief and Loss Program

1.    Enhanced Emotional Resilience: Our program equips your team with tools and strategies to cope with grief and loss, building emotional resilience and overall well-being.

2.    Improved Productivity: By addressing grief and loss in the workplace, we help alleviate the impact of these emotional stressors on productivity and performance.

3.    Strengthened Team Dynamics: Our group sessions and workshops foster empathy and understanding among team members, enhancing team cohesion and collaboration.

4.    Reduced Absenteeism and Turnover: By providing a supportive environment for employees to process their grief, we help reduce absenteeism and turnover rates associated with unaddressed emotional distress.

5.    Enhanced Employer Brand: By investing in your employees' mental health, you demonstrate your commitment to their well-being, enhancing your reputation as a caring and supportive employer.

6.    Cultivation of a Supportive Work Environment: Our program helps establish a culture that acknowledges grief, encouraging open dialogue and mutual support among employees.

Together, we can help your organization navigate through the complex emotions of grief and loss, fostering a more resilient and empathetic workplace.

Ready to Support Your Team Through
Grief and Loss?

Grief and loss are profound experiences that impact every aspect of our lives, including our work. It's vital that your organization has the right support structures in place to help your team navigate these challenging times. CMHC's Workplace Grief and Loss program is designed to provide that much-needed support, fostering a compassionate and understanding work environment.

Take the first step towards creating a more resilient and empathetic workplace today. Reach out to our experts at CMHC, and let's discuss how we can tailor our program to meet your organization's unique needs.

Don't let grief and loss impact your team's well-being and productivity. Contact us now and learn how our Workplace Grief and Loss program can benefit your organization.

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