Experiencing a job loss is one of the top 10 most stressful life events one can go through. The grief cycle must be experienced in order to move through this loss.
The grief process can be brutal, and a lay-off hits hard. Loss of a job. Loss of your work family. Loss of your identity. A job loss and subsequent unemployment can result in the feeling that your entire world has crumbled apart, and that makes it very difficult to believe there is hope for the future.