What to write when someone has lost their job due to coronavirus

One of the most popular articles here on HTWB for the last four years has been “What to write when someone has lost their job.” As you know, at the moment (May 2020) this has become even more of an issue due to social distancing, self-isolation and of course the closing down of many businesses.

Even a short email or private message on social media can help support someone who’s facing job/income loss due to coronavirus, but it’s a delicate path to travel. Here’s how to help, not hinder…

Some workers are lucky and have been furloughed, but others – especially in small businesses and the self-employed – are facing not one but two major dilemmas: one, loss of income, and two, no clear vision of how – and when – the job and business markeplaces will get back to normal … if they ever do. [Read more…]

How to write about difficult or painful issues

Knowing what and how to write when someone has died, is terminally ill, and other very sensitive and often painful circumstances is never easy. In this curated selection of articles from here on HTWB, I have pulled together some of the most up-to-date ones to help you with such subjects, for you to bookmark if you’d like to.

How to write well about difficult or painful issues

Knowing how to write sensitively to someone going through bad times is a very important part of your relationship with that person.

You never know when things like this will happen, and when they do you may find the assistance very useful.

Click on the sub-headings to go to each individual article. [Read more…]

What to write when someone has lost their job

Updated May 14th, 2020 in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic. Your best friend, a lovely neighbour or a member of your family has just been fired or made redundant. It’s no secret, so you want to show them you care. You won’t find any greeting cards in the local card shop saying “bad luck on getting sacked” or “sorry you were laid off from work.”

Coronavirus update: many more people are grieving for their lost jobs, incomes and self-confidence at this time when many countries are still on lockdown and self-employed people, especially, are suffering greatly. If this applies to someone you know, you need to tailor the following advice given our current circumstances.

So what do you write in an email or private social media message? Here are some thoughts you might like to consider…

For a list of all 12 articles in this series on how to write well to people dealing with loss, bereavement and other life sadness, click here. 

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