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Rachel Kodanaz

Founder, Grief in the Workplace,

Rachel Kodanaz founder of Grief in the Workplace, is a national speaker, facilitator and author on all aspects of grief, specifically supporting the workplace. Rachel entered the grief world when her husband suddenly passed away leaving her with a 2-year-old daughter. Her experience as a manager in large corporations led her to publish Grief in the Workplace Program to support the workplace when dealing with a grieving employee or workgroup, with emphasis in educating Human Resources,

Since 1996, Rachel speaks nationally on grief subjects, is a columnist for Living with Loss magazine, supports local and national community programs, including Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation and HeartLight Center. In addition, Rachel has published numerous articles and participated in a grief segment on Good Morning America.

Rachel recently published the book, Living with Loss, One Day at a Time. The daily lessons provide hope, optimism, coaching, introspection, self-discovery and renewal using practical ideas and solutions that are doable for all ages and any type of loss.


Recorded Webinars

10 Good Practices for Supporting the Workgroup when an Employee Dies

The death of an employee immediately changes the dynamics of a work group - shifting from professional to personal. This presentation will provide educational and tactical approaches to supporting the workgroup when an employee dies. Although grief impacts each individual and each cultural group differently, grief is a universal experience, which has a profound effect on our lives.

When Grief Disrupts the Workplace: Practical Solutions

The death of an employee immediately changes the dynamics of a work group - shifting from professional to personal. This presentation will provide educational and tactical approaches to supporting the workgroup when an employee dies. Although grief impacts each individual and each cultural group differently, grief is a universal experience, which has a profound affect on our lives.

Compassionate Workplace: A sad Employee is Often Perceived as a Bad Employee

Whether we are expecting it or not, life will throw a monkey wrench at all of us, derailing the perfectly laid plans of our future. When an employee is suffering a setback due to a significant health, family or financial loss, the demeanor of the employee will change while s/he is addressing the challenge.

Crisis Response: Addressing Immediate Needs of an Organization When a Death Occurs

Most companies scramble when they receive the most dreaded news that an employee has passed away or an employee’s family has experienced a significant loss. The tactics used in responding to the news will have a direct impact on co-workers, the family and the company. This webinar will provide you with sympathetic insight in supporting the workplace when an unforeseen event occurs.