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How to Support a Grieving Employee

 Helping employees cope with the death of a colleague or co-worker is not typically covered in leadership training or employee handbooks. However, the pandemic and other public health crises have prompted many organizations to create policies that address the needs of grieving employees while still achieving business outcomes.
Helping Employees Cope with the Death of a Co-Worker
SHRM | Jun 2022

Employers have a critical role to play when an employee suffers a loss. In addition to a paid bereavement policy, there are other meaningful ways to help our employee with a loss. To be clear, we’re not trained counselors, but we care. And our actions should be guided by empathy.
When an Employee Has Lost a Loved One, What Should Employers Do to Help?
Littler | Apr 2023

Companies Are Changing Bereavement Policies in Response to Employee Needs
SHRM | Apr 2022

A Growing Benefits Trend: Time Off for Pregnancy Loss
SHRM | Apr 2023

More on Grief in the Workplace

It's time we talk honestly about grief in the workplace
Fast Company | Oct 2022

Three Ways To Overcome The Long-Term Effects Of Grief In The Workplace
Forbes | Sep 2022

Recognizing the Many Faces of Grief in the Workplace
Spring Health | Jun 2022

Grief at Work: When the Personal Meets the Professional
Good Grief | Mar 2022


How to Create a Bereavement Policy
SHRM | Mar 2020

Bereavement Leave Policy
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Brochure: Grief at Work: A Guide for Employees and Managers
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Guide: Managing Grief and Loss At Work: A Guide for Employees & Managers
Pathways | Aug 2021

Books: Dealing with Grief at Work: Our Favorite Reads
Harvard Business Review | Feb 2022

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