Relief and Grief

by | Nov 8, 2020 | Change |


Throughout the world this weekend, there is a mixture of relief and grief over a particular election result. But there is also relief and grief over countless other things too.

Most change processes bring both reactions. Change is rarely experience fully as one or the other. Even death can be both. When my Mom died there was a small amount of feeling relief that her cancer journey was over. That she (and us) didn’t experience the roller coaster many others have. And so on. It was mostly grief though.

Organisational change can bring relief for some and grief for others. It is normal. And we should expect it.

Most of all, be gracious to one another in times of change. Relief and grief are powerful, often draining, emotions.

No one goes to bed at night wishing people had been less kind to them. Kindness and grace are often remember because they are too rare. Times of change provide opportunities to practice graciousness and kindness.

The choice is up to us.

Photo by Annie Spratt


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