Gemma Bullivant Walks the Talk
Episode 6 – Lessons from Leaders with Gemma Bullivant | Let’s talk about grief
Next up in our Walk The Talk – Lessons from Leaders series, we talk with Gemma Bullivant, a specialist in grief coaching and training, helping individuals to positively address and recover from all forms of traumatic change and loss, including bereavement, redundancy and divorce.
In this conversation, we navigate the subject of grief, in a bid to break down the stigma that surrounds the subject and help those struggling with their own grief and those around them to support themselves and each other with more compassion, greater understanding and awareness.
Grief and bereavement present enormous emotional and practical challenges for employees, including a range of losses not always attributed to grief (loss of freedom, fear of the future, loss of family contact, loss of financial security).
The bereaved often feel alone and isolated which inevitably impacts their mental health and ability to work to their full potential. Talking openly with others is a way to help process the grief but it also helps others understand what people are going through. It can be difficult for the people working alongside someone who is experiencing grief, not knowing what to say or how to best support.
Through this conversation we aim to help provide those experiencing grief directly and indirectly with more knowledge and practical ways to support themselves and each other.
Gemma candidly shares her own personal story around grief which was a catalyst for her to go on to retrain as a coach herself with specialist skills around grief and managing change.
Gemma shares how unique the experience of grief is for people and talks through some of her coaching tools and methods to support ourselves and each other as we grieve.
Before you listen, it’s important to acknowledge upfront that this is an emotive subject that we will be discussing, so, please take care throughout and after.
If you do need to speak to someone, you can call the Cruse Helpline on 0808 808 1677 for grief support right now.
And if you would like to speak to someone at POINT3, we are all Mental Health First Aiders and Nicky and Sarah are trained instructors too. You can contact the team here.
As always, we encourage you to listen while you walk and we do the talking.
We hope you find the conversation valuable. If so, please share with someone you think might be interested.
Be kind, be curious, be well.