Steve was laid off this morning along with many others in his company. Any layoff is life-changing, but I fear life as we have known it has reached a definitive end. Steve feels pretty hopeless that he will ever be employed again, and in this economy at this time in his life, he's probably right. Still, he will seek help from agencies who help the disabled find work.
In the meantime, he's already filed for state unemployment benefits, and I'm tackling the task of filing for disability benefits. Even though we both knew it was a fair possibility, we are both like "deer caught in the headlights."
If there's a word to describe this feeling, the one that comes to mind at this moment is BEREFT.