How can The Good Grief Project Help your Company?

Every company and organisation is dealing with PEOPLE – customers, employees, managers – people whose physical and mental wellbeing are essential for the smooth running of your enterprise.

Your staff or your clients are also people who may well be suffering from the effects of loss – be it the death of a loved one, a divorce or even loss of position or control at work. Globally the world is waking up to the importance of good mental health, the impact on companies and the cost when mental health issues are not addressed.

There is fear however in many organizations about ‘opening a can of worms’, and that discussing sensitive issues or that confronting the silence around someone’s problems could lead to further unrest and anxiety.

We acknowledge this fear but we can help you and your organisation avoid getting stuck when personal or professional trauma or any major change occurs.

“Our mission is to promote an understanding of what it means to grieve in a society that often has difficulty talking openly about all kinds of bereavement. What exactly does it mean to grieve? Is there a certain way you should act? And how does grief ripple through someone’s life after a significant person has died or after they have suffered another major loss such as divorce, relationship or a change in work circumstances.”   Jane Harris 

When a person who is grieving cannot cope with their own responses, they may bury them deeply and behave as if nothing is wrong.  They then stop engaging fully and openly with others, including their family and work colleagues. They might even thrash out their feelings and thoughts, projecting them all over the place causing much confusion and hurt to themselves and others.

But when someone has a good understanding of grief and a better awareness of their feelings, their responses will be much healthier and more socially productive. They will also be more supportive of others with similar difficulties and this will enable them to evolve through their own grief.  They will be stronger, have a new perspective on how to deal with life’s problems and have a much higher self-esteem.

“The social, emotional, physical and financial costs of unresolved grief are enormous, yet so much can be done to change this. In hearing the stories of others, we can often hold a mirror up to ourselves, or our professional situation.”  Lizzie Pickering

Our Speakers ….

Jane Harris is a psychotherapist, bereavement specialist and supervisor with 25 years of professional experience and a special interest in family relations. She founded The Good Grief Project with her partner and filmmaker Jimmy Edmonds following the death of their son Joshua in 2011.  Since then she has helped develop the charity as a creative resource for bereaved families and has become a significant voice in contemporary conversations about death, dying and bereavement.   Jane has been a guest on Radio 4 Women’s Hour and made a number of TV appearances including BBC Breakfast Show. 

Jane has two other children Joe and Rosa and lives in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Lizzie Pickering
Following the death of her son Harry aged 6 in November 2000, Lizzie co-founded the Fundraising Team at
Helen & Douglas House, the world’s first hospice for children and young adults, helping to raise £5 million a year. and where she also worked closely with the Bereavement Team. Lizzie is an experienced public speaker.

Lizzieis also a film producer (Let Me Go starring Juliet Stevenson) and is currently developing Four Letters of Love (directed by Polly Steele).

Lizzie’s passions are philanthropy, film and the study of grief.  She lives in Oxfordshire and has two other children Cam and Emilie.

What people have said …

“Your input was very powerful and spot-on in terms of content and tone.  I think there is a real need to ‘open this door’ wider in policing and tackle how we support our staff to deal with bereavement, both in terms of personal wellbeing and understanding but also better training to support families.   I am following up with our training department to review the bereavement training across our Force.”       D.I. Ben Ewart Greater Manchester Police (Serious Crime Division)

“Lizzie and Jane from The Good Grief Project led a really thought provoking session at our Birmingham office for our SPACE community (Supporting Parents and Carers and Everyone Else) which was also shared virtually across our wider PwC offices.  The insight and personal stories both Jane and Lizzie brought to the session were so powerful and the feedback from attendees has been very positive with many saying how they feel much more comfortable in opening up and sharing their own story of any personal loss or grief they are going through. Thank you to The Good Grief Project for tackling such a topic in a sensitive and safe way.”     Vicki Broadhurst (Head of Organisational Effectiveness) Price Waterhouse Coopers

“The Good Grief presentation, by Lizzie and Jane, really brought practical and insightful ways to support people going through a bereavement and subsequent grief.   As an HR team the insights were really valuable and powerful, in improving our understanding and approach to this difficult subject.   Well worth the time spent in the workshop.”    Noel McGonigle MBA HR Director Savills UK, Europe and Middle East

“I thought that the way that you and Jane presented was hugely powerful. Seamless interaction between the two of you, delivering a powerful message of hope and love, borne out of the direst of circumstances. Open, honest, immensely brave and actually optimistic and uplifting.”     Employee at Peel Hunt, Specialist UK Investment Bank

How to Book us …

We create tailor-made sessions for your company and staff – 

 We can deliver

  • A one hour talk with Q&A to all staff.
  • Plenary session or break-out conducted as part of an annual conference.
  • Training talk with HR Directors or Teams.
  • Management team session.

We are very open to discussing your needs – anything is possible.  

Contact us by emailing:  jane@thegoodgriefproject.co.uk