I so appreciate this board being here. I work for a smallish, close-knit non-profit and one of my coworkers experienced a life-changing tragedy this past Tuesday. Her three girls were murdered by her ex-husband (with which she had joint custody with) in the home they once shared while she was here at work. This is my first day back because I couldn't concentrate and it just didn't seem right to be working in a space where someone you know and care about got such horrible news. I am back working today, and am finding it tough to ignore the guilt I feel for focusing on work. Every I walk past her cube, I see pictures of those three innocent souls that were gone too soon (and I had the pleasure of meeting more than once). It also doesn't help that I've also met the perpetrator
I am also feeling self-conscious for not being able to concentrate too well when others around me are working normally. I know that people process their grief differently and I'm trying to remember that, but it is just so hard.
Thanks for listening,