Coping With Job Layoff
|Written by Robert Shindell|
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6. Talk to your spouse and family members.
Your immediate family is your closest support system. They need to know about your job loss from you. While it may be very difficult to tell them, you must do it as soon as you can. Reassure them by explaining what happened. Tell them about your severance package, unemployment benefits, career transition services and other resources that will help you and your family get through the next few weeks. If you have school-age children, share the news with them in a positive light. Let them know that you're going to find another job and keep them informed or your progress. They are directly affected and, in some cases, it might be wise to let their school counselor know that your family is experiencing a transition. Remember, your family members may experience some of the same emotions that you have: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. If they do, it's a good idea to either get some counseling for them or take them to counseling with you.