Elections

Grieving After the Elections; Tips for Leaders

Grieving After the Elections;  Tips for Leaders

Set aside some time, for your staff to share their emotions with each other.  The five stages of grief can serve as a container for your staff to share their emotions.  The five stages of grief; denial/numbness, anger, bargaining/analyzing, depression, and acceptance and part of a normal human response to great loss. Acceptance is usually last, but the other four stages do not necessarily proceed in a linear fashion.  In fact, you may start with bargaining and then get overwhelmed and turn to numbness.  You might feel trapped in anger for days, or so depressed you wonder if you will ever be able to take action again.  You will.  Feeling the anger, or the depression, is part of the process and none of these stages are permanent.