The death rate in the United States is holding steady at 100percent. Nevertheless, the grieving process is the last thing mostemployees want to talk or even think about.

“It is normal to talk about normal life events in the workplace,such as graduations, vacations, awards or other good news," saysRussell Friedman, executive director of the Grief RecoveryInstitute in Sherman Oaks, California. "But God forbid if the topicis sad. Then everyone shuts up."

Employees often must deal with fear along with their grief.

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