Grief in the Workplace

Monday, April 29, 2019 (All day)
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This learning will now be delivered in a different way - please note change of date and provider below.

Bereavement is one of the most devastating life events any of us will experience. Recent research into bereavement in the workplace found that ‘suffering overspill’ caused by grief has significant psychological and interpersonal implications for individuals at work. For example, employees may need to take time off at short notice, or have lower performance or productivity levels. Whilst a supportive and compassionate approach to bereavement demonstrates the organisation values its employees, employers may also be unsure how best to support employees during this time.

The charity Cruse Bereavement Care has worked with Acas to develop ‘Managing Bereavement in the Workplace – a good practice guide’ to help employers manage this difficult situation through appropriate and sensitive conversations with employees, both immediately following a bereavement and in the longer time.

Cruse is hosting an upcoming workshop based on this guide. The workshop is aimed at HR teams and line managers, and will cover issues including:

  • An overview of the grieving process and identifying how to support employees when bereavement occurs
  • Raising awareness of the impact of bereavement and grief in the workplace and incorporating a workplace bereavement policy into your organisation
  • Understanding how to communicate effectively and compassionately with bereaved employees, next of kin and colleagues.
  • Raising awareness of the impact of working with bereaved people on themselves and colleagues, and how they can manage the wellbeing of themselves and others

If you're interested in attending this session, please contact us at or visit the Cruse website.

Please note that as this learning is now being delivered by a third party it will therefore not be treated as a member benefit, and there will be a cost for both members and non-members.