Long-time readers (all 3 of you) will remember when I lost my job several years ago, and how devastated I was by the loss.
It. Was. Awful.
BUT! I survived, and turned those survival skills into an article that's just been published over at elephantjournal.com.
The best time to read this article is before you lose your job, since there are tips on what you can do to be prepared, just in case. The second best time is after.
Either way, you can read it here: What To Do Before and After You Lose Your Job.