Grief Crisis in the Workplace


Grief Crisis in the Workplace

You answer the phone and learn your administrative assistant has died in a car accident…your business partner took his own life…your human resource director’s daughter overdosed… What do you do? Where do you begin? Who do you call first? How do you talk to the grieving family? How do you tell your employees? How do you care for your now grieving employees today, tomorrow, and beyond? Do you have a grief crisis plan in place? What are the steps to successfully create a grief crisis plan?

Join us on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, and learn why it is important for your business to have a current grief crisis plan in place and participate in a real-life grief crisis scenario to be discussed on site and taken back to your own leadership team.


Learning Objectives:

Participants of Grief in the Workplace 101 will learn:

  • The cost of grief in US businesses each year in loss of productivity, increased safety hazards and poor decision making, and decreased employee trust and loyalty
  • The bottom-line advantages of creating a compassionate workplace culture
  • The strength of your business in the event of a grief crisis using our assessment tool
  • First steps in making effective and impactful changes today


About the Presenter:

Learn from industry expert Mindy Buell, Executive Director/CEO, Michael’s Place.

Meet the Presenter

This meeting will be held at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce.

Address: 250 Monroe Ave NW suite 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


The EPI West Michigan Local Chapter is different than other groups because it brings together a diverse group of professionals from a wide range of specialties that can naturally work collaboratively on exit planning, succession planning, value growth, transaction or any engagement from both sides of the equation. The chapter meets regularly to network, reconnect, grow knowledge, and sharpen their skills with a common goal: Change the outcome for transitioning business owners. Make plans to join us for future events and connect with the local leadership by visiting

About the Presenter

Mindy Buell

Mindy Buell

Executive Director/CEO, Michael’s Place
231-947-6453 |

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Meet Mindy Buell.

Mindy Buell has provided leadership and program development from the inception of Michael’s Place as a start-up nonprofit in the Traverse City community and surrounding region.  Since 2001, Buell has been the driving force building widely respected and sought out no cost support services for children, families, schools, and workplaces grieving the loss of a loved one.

As Executive Director/CEO, Mindy has served in a multitude of capacities for Michael’s Place including development, program and capacity building, and volunteer management and coordination, as well as creating a donor base that includes local and national family foundations, Rotary Charities of Northern Michigan, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Outstate Michigan, New York Life Foundation, and many others.

With community partners, Mindy was instrumental in pioneering the creation of a cutting-edge template for school grief crisis planning and intervention in the event of the death of a school community member.  By 2019, over 100 schools in the region and beyond have adopted the template and continue to call upon Michael’s Place for assistance in cases requiring these unique services and support.

Multiple requests were made from business leaders for Michael’s Place to create a grief crisis plan for the workplace. Mindy began working with regional human resource partners and business leaders on the development of a workplace crisis template for the business community.  Over the years, she has facilitated grief crisis and aftercare nationally and internally for large corporations, family owned companies, multiple-location companies, and small businesses.

Under Mindy’s leadership, Michael’s Place has grown from one core program to a multi-tiered approach to meet the needs of grieving children and adults through an array of program offerings.  With clinical staff, Michael’s Place was chosen as nonprofit partner of the year by Traverse City’s second largest employer, Hagerty (2016), presented at a conference on medical ethics (2018), produced an anthology of creative writing called “After: Stories About Loss and What Comes Next,” (2019) and received the honor of one of six bereavement centers in the nation to produce audio recordings for StoryCorps (2019)  as part of their Road to Resilience project.

Mindy has been recognized as one of Traverse City’s Most Powerful Women by Grand Traverse Woman Magazine and Up North Live News.  In 2019, she delivered a TEDx Talk on the wisdom gained after 18 years of serving the bereaved.


It is Mindy’s goal to lead Michael’s Place into the future with a sound, sustainable revenue source and a respected and well-trained core of volunteers and professional staff as she spearheads innovative, transformative cultural shifts and applications for schools and workplaces.


Mindy Buell has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Toledo and a Masters of Administration.  She is certified in Earned Income Revenue Stream Creation and Management from +Acumen and voted Most Likely to Succeed by an international group of peers representing 10 different countries.


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Continuing Education

This meeting qualifies for the following continuing education credits:

One (1) CPE hour

One (1) CEPA Credit

NOTE: Proper documentation must be collected and submitted to qualify for continuing education. For questions regarding awarded continuing education credits, please contact EPI.