March 2018 Forum – Job Loss: It Affects More Than Just Your Income



Job Loss: It Affects More Than Just Your Income

Whether you were fired, terminated, let go, laid off, demoted, quit, retired, changed your job or are otherwise “in-between opportunities”,  the personal havoc caused by your job transition may have taken you by surprise.  


Our jobs are much more than just the way we make a living. They influence how we see ourselves, as well as the way others see us. They give us structure, purpose, and meaning. That’s why job loss, unemployment, and even retirement, can be so stressful.  Beyond the loss of income, losing a job also comes with other major losses, some of which may be even more difficult to face.  Rest assured, you’re not losing your mind.  What you ARE experiencing is grief—a normal, natural, yet painful reaction to loss and transition.

Grief zaps our energy, our focus, our view of the future.  It can interfere with our desire to move forward toward a new beginning—a new job or other life transition.  Grief is something to be taken seriously and it is important to intentionally work through it.  Before you can say hello to your new job or transition, you must say good-bye to your former one.

As Alexander Graham Bell said, “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

Our guest speaker,  Mary C. Marcoux, will help us to recognize the many layers of job loss, how it affects what we think, feel, and do, and how to work through those challenges to a healthy and beneficial resolution.  She will help you to take your eyes off the closed door so that you can begin to see the the others that are opening for you!

Don’t miss this important presentation, designed to help you develop a greater self-awareness during times of job transition/loss.  You never know what doors this turn of events may open for you.

Our Presenter

Mary C. Marcoux, MA, MDiv, CBF, CT  has been a Grief Counselor and Bereavement Professional for more than 20 years.  She is both a Certified Thanatologist (death, dying, and bereavement) and a Certified Bereavement Facilitator.  Mary has also served as a graduate level instructor, pastor, college campus minister, and youth minister.   Past and present professional affiliations include the National Association for Death Education and Counseling, the Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support, the National Council of Hospice Professionals, the Minnesota Children’s Grief Consortium, and the Metro-Area Bereavement Coordinators.


At the onset of the “Great Recession” of 2008, Mary Marcoux was working as a bereavement professional for a major medical center in the Twin Cities area.  One day, without warning, more than 400 employees were laid off within a matter of hours.  Mary both watched and experienced the emotional turmoil of both those preparing to vacate and those left behind, who were suddenly forced to say good-bye to cherished colleagues.  Mary recognized the emotional turmoil as grief—a normal, natural, yet painful reaction to loss and transition.

Event Information

Monday, March 19, 2018
6:30 pm – Registration, Networking
7:00 pm – Presentation
Mankato State University at Edina
7700 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435

SHIFT Members: $15.00
Non-Members: $25.00
  • Significant Others are welcome—they’re affected too! 
  • During check out use the promotional code SIGO to receive $5 off your second registration.

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