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ERIC Number: ED355602
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 16
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Change, Loss, Grief and Communication.
Geddes, LaDonna McMurray
Change may be personal, professional, social, or spiritual; or, all aspects of life may be affected simultaneously. Coping with change requires directing and controlling individual resources. Change reactions can be described as: (1) a sense of loss as the transition is experienced; (2) a need to grieve due to the loss experienced; and (3) a need to complete the grief process, so that closure takes place. Individuals or organizations that refuse to change and adapt their paradigms or mission become non-existent. The idea of loss as the result of on-going change is apparent in organizational life whether the organization is corporate, educational, social, or spiritual in nature. On the professional level, downsizing, reorganization, and technology have become buzzwords in modern corporate organizations. Retraining and adaptation to education as a lifelong process are challenging the traditional assumptions of the three stages of life--education, work, and retirement. Process is an important concept associated with change (becoming different) and it involves both moving from the known to the unknown and making corresponding adjustments and modifications. Indicators associated with change suggest that throughout the process of change and change management, the communication behaviors of an individual become more inner-directed and less tolerant of others. Research suggests that support is perceived only when parallel experiences are shared. In addition to research, however, people need to be taught how to grieve and that grieving is an acceptable form of behavior in any type of loss situation. (Contains a list of 37 resources and 3 figures.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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