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Dealing with bereavement

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Dealing with bereavement

Date: No dates for this event.
Course duration: 1 day
Venue: Bob Allan Conference Centre, Saracen House, 139 Saracen Street, Glasgow, G22 5AZ
Costs: Members £110.00 / Non-Members £210.00

Who's it for and what's it about 

Research by Acas suggests that at any one time, 1 in 10 employees is likely to be affected by bereavement.  Bereavement and grief can manifest in many different ways and can affect performance, engagement, and concentration amongst other things for an employee.  However, reacting sensitively and being supportive has been shown to enhance loyalty and minimise otherwise avoidable absence. 

This course is for managers and supervisors who want to understand the best way to approach this difficult subject and learn how to best support their employees in the hardest of times.

Course Outline

  • What the law says – the legal requirements for the bereaved
  • Good practices – procedures that may help an employer engage with a recently bereaved person
  • The seven stages of grief and how they may manifest in the workplace
  • Sensitively addressing grief related absence
  • Signs that professional help may be required
  • Bereavement and discrimination
  • Considerations for a bereavement policy


Learning Outcomes

Following this course, delegates should be able to:

  • Appreciate the many different ways that grief and the effects of bereavement can manifest in the workplace.
  • Learn how small changes in approach can help employers to positively engage with their employees at this difficult time.
  • Understand the minimum legal requirements for the bereaved but also the ways that employers can supplement this to assist their employees’ recovery and promote a healthy return to work.
  • Understand the warning signs that an employee in not coping with their grief or not coping in a healthy manner and be confident in raising this and signposting them to the necessary help.
  • Understand how to deal with grief related absence sensitively and practices that may minimise such absence in the future.
  • Appreciate the pitfalls that could result in treatment of a bereaved person being perceived as discrimination.
  • Understand the essential components of a bereavement policy and be confident in drafting such a policy if necessary.


Trainer: Anne Mathie