ABSTRACT

Even life coaches who have been contracted privately for coaching may still have to facilitate a discussion with clients about what they will do about their coaching work. There are numerous ways in which organisations can mishandle the grief and loss of the employees. There are numerous ways in which organisations can mishandle the grief and loss of the employees. For some coachees the loss may have brought such radical changes to their lives that the coaching may no longer be necessary, say if the client leaves the organisation, or other objectives come to the fore due to the wider ramifications of life changes, for example, taking on greater carer responsibilities at home which require a change of work role and/or flexible/reduced working hours. Many coaches are handling grief issues frequently without naming them as such. The Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated the loss felt for some clients especially around loss of livelihood, enforced retirement, and estrangement from usual environments and colleagues.