Dealing with grief while at work

  • Death cafe 3

  • Course content:

    Death is something that none of us can escape and yet, many of us find it really difficult to talk about our experiences and fears about death. At the dealing with grief while at work workshop, we will not have a pre-determined agenda; rather you will be able to talk about whatever is on your mind about death and tell your stories, in a supportive environment, about the loss of friends and family.

    This informal discussion will be held in the Chaplaincy and will last for up to 90 minutes. Tea, coffee, and cake will be provided and afterwards, there will be the opportunity to sit quietly to reflect on your conversations and experiences.

    The idea for the dealing with grief while at work workshop arose from the conversations and amazing support that Kathy has recently received from Kate about a number of deaths that she has been dealing with.

    You are welcome to come for any or all of this session.

    Course Tutors:

    Rev Kate Harford, University Chaplain and Kathy Greethurst, OCSLD

  • Kate Harford serves as Ecumenical Chaplain at Oxford Brookes University.

    Kate works closely with other Chaplains to ensure that all staff and students are able to approach the Multifaith Chaplaincy for support - whether they have a faith or not. Kate's role is also to offer spiritual and pastoral support to anyone who works in, studies at, or visits the University. She is based at the Multifaith Chaplaincy rooms in Headington, and leads Soul Feast (1pm on Wednesdays), Meditation for Relaxation (12pm on Tuesdays) and Crafternoon Tea (1pm on Wednesdays) as well as coordinating other events in the Mulitfaith Chaplaincy and serving as secretary to the Multifaith Advisory Board. 

    Further information can be found here.

    At Oxford Brookes, Kathy takes the lead on senior management development and has created a Brookes-specific leadership capabilities model and 360 degree feedback tool. She has designed and delivered Executive Team and Programme Lead development programmes. She also leads on development for professional services staff - for whom she has introduced new training offerings and narratives, and a supporting website. She is currently trialling a job shadowing scheme and a training toolkit. She also supports research lead development and is reviewing the University's PDR scheme. She provides close-in support to the Business School - where she has successfully run an all staff engagement initiative - and Finance and Legal Services. She acts as a tutor and assessor on the Brookes' Leadership Programme. She provides coaching, coaching supervision, MBTI and 360 support as well as workshops in leadership and management, skills development, change, HR management, coaching and mentoring, employee communications, NLP, creativity and the customer experience. 

    For more information on Kathy see here.