Perhaps some of you already know about Death Bear. Perhaps some of you have never heard of such a creature and are intrigued. But chances are, you clicked this link because you have no idea who Death Bear is and how it possibly has anything to do with job hunting. 

So if you will bear with me for a moment, we can take a long needed healing journey down the bear hole… I mean rabbit hole.


Who/What is Death Bear?

Death Bear was created by a Brooklyn artist named Nathan Hill.  According to Hill “Death Bear will take things from you that trigger painful memories and stow them away in his cave where they will remain forever, allowing you to move on with your life.

Give him an ex’s clothes, old photos, mementos, letters, etc. Death Bear is here to assist you in your time of tragedy, heartbreak, and loss. Let Death Bear help you, and absorb your pain into his cave.”

Death Bear is also seven feet tall, dressed in all black, has a large black plastic bear helmet on (like the creepy ones from bad 50’s kid’s shows), and carries a big sack in which to deposit your bad juju. You can schedule an appointment with him if you live in the area.

When he arrives, no words are spoken. One ceremoniously places all the items that trigger remorse or sorrow into his awaiting sack to be forever placed in his cave of pain. Now…what he actually does with all that loot is another question.

… man, where was Death Bear for my high school and college years?


How This has Anything to do with Jobs

Sometimes losing a job can be just as traumatic or shocking as losing a loved one or cherished relationship. You might have been a big strong bear at work, but it wasn’t good enough for your company’s shrinking market. The company could have hired someone new, and the two of you had polar opposite personalities.  Perhaps in hindsight, you realized they let you go for doing the bear minimum.

Whatever the reason, it can be a pawful experience.  Since you have been hibernating and dwelling on your old job for so long, it may start to consume you. You might even have things around your house that remind you of your old job.

That honey pot you use to keep on your desk for your tea, The Teddy bear you received for being the beary best customer service agent that year, The framed photo from the company outing at the stadium of that Chicago sports team that shall not be named, or perhaps your whole house is one grizzly scene of old work memories.


Come out of Hibernation!

Well, you don’t have to lay down and play dead. You can take a bite out of all your bad memories and sink your teeth into the new you by arranging you’re own Death Bear Purge! Or call Nathan if you are in his area.

Clean out your home. Clean out your email. Clean out your closet (trust me you desperately needed a fashion update anyway). Take all that stuff and dispose of it in a cathartic way. You can even have a friend dress up as Death Bear if you choose.

You could burn it (works for me all the time), you could create panda-monium by shredding it all to pieces with your bear hands, or you could just angrily march to the garbage bin and toss it in. Whatever works for you.

The idea of all this is not to let your old job hit the paws button on your life. Don’t let a couple of ants spoil your picnic basket. Don’t get caught up in all that negative Hala-Baloo. Just throw that Pooh out!

Article updated from original on Jan,16 2019