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Posted by: Happy | 2009-03-02

A dying colleague

A colleague of mine is suffering. She is dying.Her whole body is giving up, doctors don' t know what' s wrong with her, she even had an operation for the " unknown"  disease.
She does not share her problems and because she is the boss she takes it out on her sub-ordinates.
This leaves her with no one to talk to as she lashes out on everyone. I would like to give her advice (or any help) about going for councelling but I don' t know how do you approach someone on matters like this.

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Its very peculiar for anyone to be dying from an unknown cause ; she should be seeing a better quality of doctor, and discover the cause of whatever is troubling her and she may very well not be dying at all. And nobody has an operation for an unknown disease. Now, she may have any variety of illness and not choose to tell anyone at work what it is. Whatever the trouble, it does really sound as though she should be seeing a counsellor, but this will have to be her own decision and her own arrangement. The most one can do is to say calmly and pleasantly that you understand she may be unwell and under stress, and if there is something you can do to help, you'd like to be avaialable --- and leave it to her to decide

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Posted by: lilly | 2009-03-02

some companies offer a few free session with a psychologist, you could enquire. otherwise your support could help her feel cared for and help a little. let her know you care, that' s as much as you can do really.
all the best
Lilly

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Posted by: theydidntseeitcoming | 2009-03-02

be open and honest, communicate the way you feel in a responsible kind manner and make sure she knows your there to help her and that is your true intention.
praying also helps!

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