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Nymets1986

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For those that work how long were you out
« on: December 05, 2017, 09:26:20 AM »
I was wondering how long you were out of work after your spouse passed?  I am dreading to go back physically in the office as I know everyone will come to see me and ask questions.   I have been out almost two weeks.  My supervisor told me to take the time but I know eventually I will have to go back.  I was thinking of initially going back part time with working from home initially.

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Re: For those that work how long were you out
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2017, 09:49:18 AM »
Hi, Carrie,

I'm so sorry you lost your beloved husband.  I took 6 weeks off after my first husband died.  I was quite exhausted from taking care of him and living in the ICU and I really needed the break both physically and emotionally.  Going back to work, however, gave me structure and purpose and something to think about besides myself.  My direct supervisor was a friend and I met with her before coming back to work.  I asked if she would talk to staff about going on with normal conversation and NOT asking me how I was doing. (Ummm...not good, so that can be awkward.)  For the most part, people respected my request.

I had left my career after meeting my second husband and I was back in school chasing more degrees when my second husband died.  I was back in my seat 11 days after his death when the new semester began.  Again, I found that I needed structure and purpose and a reason to put one foot in front of the other.  My husband had been a well loved and respected professor at the university, and I took the initiative to give people permission to talk about him with me and each other, and that made for a very supportive environment.

If you can afford to give yourself some time off and you want to do this...then do it.  I imagine you don't quite know what you want to do...and that is pretty normal, too.  I think this is a very individual decision, and if you can, listen to your gut and take care of yourself.

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Re: For those that work how long were you out
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2017, 10:53:50 AM »
Very sorry for your loss.  I took 3 months off and went back part time.  I had to move house and towns so I too some extra time to get settled.
It was almost a year before I went back to full time work.  Put a strain on my finances but it was worth it.

Nymets1986

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Re: For those that work how long were you out
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2017, 11:25:13 AM »
Thanks Maureen and jgib.  I have a coworker that lost her husband suddenly 17 years ago but her boss I think made her come back after two weeks and he was the type to expect you to be physically in her office.  Mike was in and out of two different  hospital for the last 6 months and was in ICU the last nine days. He had a heart transplant at the Cleveland Clinic 20 years ago.

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Re: For those that work how long were you out
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2017, 02:26:28 PM »
My situation has been a little different. I went back to work for my outside clients at 3 weeks after, but I also work from home and part time for them. We had a family business as well and I could not let it go by the wayside, so I was handling some of those things all along, which was not easy.

I am glad to be able to do all of this from home though, so if I feel like there is a day I can’t handle the outside world or people, I have the option to be home under the blankets and feeling however I need to feel that day.


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Re: For those that work how long were you out
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2017, 03:15:41 PM »
I went back after a couple weeks.  It was mainly to avoid continuing to sit and cry all day, staring at the river, sitting on a bench.  I started to worry I may not remain sane if I didn't at least pretend to be part of society.  I really needed that.  Looking back, I don't know how I did it, and all I remember is getting on the subway, clutching my little packet of tissues, and two of my friend/co-workers meeting me at the subway at work, to walk me to the office.  I was a mess.  I truly had no business pretending to be functional in any way whatsoever.  But I needed to have structure and routine and a place to go.  I was lucky though - everyone I worked with knew and loved him, AND I was able to modify my responsibilities to do only mindless work for a while until I could think again.  It's hard.  It's just so hard. 
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Re: For those that work how long were you out
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2017, 03:20:21 PM »
I went back the third week for a few hours each day and then I think full days the fourth week.
My then supervisor was not the most understanding and I felt if I didn't go back my job could be jeopardized.
Looking back I think I should have taken more time to get myself somewhat together.

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Re: For those that work how long were you out
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2017, 12:03:54 PM »
I ended up being off for 3 months and went back right after the holidays.  I would say it was too long to be off because I needed the structure of work to fill my days but I had some difficult issues to work through with DHs business that had me hours at a time on the phone and then hours after curled up in the fetal position.

If you have the option to start part time I would do that.
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Re: For those that work how long were you out
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2017, 12:09:58 PM »
I went back after a week. I needed the structure of getting up in the morning and going somewhere. Not that I was productive at work. I spent 25% of each day in a private meeting room crying. It took months before I was at a point where I was even working at 50% of what I used to be able to do. Fortunately, I was blessed to be working at a very supportive company filled with compassionate coworkers.
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Re: For those that work how long were you out
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2017, 04:17:27 PM »
My husband died on the 7th of April. I didn't go back until May 1st. I needed time and then I needed to be sure my girls were okay going back to school. I work 40-45 minutes away and I wanted to be accessible to them if they needed me. I was motivated to go back for health insurance. I needed work to distract me.

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Re: For those that work how long were you out
« Reply #10 on: December 25, 2017, 07:48:03 PM »
I went to work right away - he died on Saturday, funeral on Wednesday, back to work on Friday. I needed to find our new normal as quickly as possible for my kids' sake. Like LeadFeather, I was far from fully productive, but it was the right thing for my family, if not for me individuality.