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Life After Loss: 4 Career Options To Consider

Grief can impact us all in different ways, but there is no denying it can be a profound and life-changing experience. Losing someone you hold dear and being unable to connect with them is a lot to deal with, and it's only natural that in the aftermath of your loss, you will be questioning some things about your life and what you want to do moving forward. The holiday season is also a time to reflect in grief. Hopefully, this contributed post will support you in this next chapter.

Life after grief can and will look different for everyone. For some, getting back to their life and continuing as they were can bring a sense of normality and relief that things can potentially return to normal at some point and their life is still there; for others, it can trigger a need to make drastic changes in their life to make sense of things and find where they fit and what their path is now. For others, things fall in the middle.

One significant aspect of people's lives that changes after signing someone is their job and career. Death can suddenly make what you do for a living seem unworthy and unimportant in the grand scheme of things. For example, if you've succumbed to the rat race, this experience can open your eyes to the fact that there is more to life than work. You are missing out on too much; on the other hand, it can be a wake-up call that it's finally time to pursue that career path you have always wanted to take.

If the latter applies to you and you want to find a new career helping people deal with loss like you have experienced, this post has some options for you to consider.

Funeral Home Director

Opening your own funeral home or working in the funeral industry is a way to connect with others going through the loss of a loved one, make the process easier for them, and provide their loved ones with a send-off befitting of who they are. You can provide compassionate care and services to grieving loved ones while helping them plan the final send-off. However, that may be. While you don't need a license to open a funeral home, some states require one for funeral directors and embalmers, so it's best to check with your state. From here, you need to partner with local services such as to help you carry out respectful funeral arrangements and the handling of a person's body while in your care.


Retraining to become a therapist or a grief counselor can help you help others in the same position. Bereavement therapy supports people struggling with their loss and gives them the advice and tools they need to process their loss and move forward with life. For many people, seeing and experiencing the benefit of therapy in this way will facilitate a love for this career. For others, it can simply be a desire or want to help others who experience what they have, especially in more traumatic circumstances. This can be an extremely satisfying niche to work in, and not only will it help you with your grief, but you can help others, too.

Support Groups

Hosting support groups or working for charitable organizations is a popular route many take after receiving the help and support similar groups offer. Many times, using support groups leads people to want to start their own or work for the charity providing the sessions. For others, it can also be a lack of resources and support for their particular sense of grief that propels them to start a support group for others in the same circumstances.

Hospice Care

Hospice care is care that is given to people at the end of their life. It can be in-home hospice care or in a facility offering this exclusively. Hospice care can be extremely rewarding yet emotionally draining. The reason being is that every person supported in this way is at the end of their life, so death is inevitable. But if you want to make a difference in someone's last few days, weeks, or even hours, then providing care in a hospice setting can be a job role that allows you to give back and make this time easier for others experiencing it, too.

Changing your career in the event of death isn't uncommon, nor is it a bad idea. Being able to show care and compassion to others by helping them through the darkest time of their life is a selfless and admiral thing to do, and these career options can allow you to do just that and make a difference in someone else's life.


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