Bereavement Training for Organisations

Bereavement Training for Managers, HR and Mental Health First Aiders/Wellbeing Champions


Half day training can be offered as a bespoke service to support Managers, Human Resources teams and anyone else involved with employee wellbeing.

The course can help to:

  • Understand the grieving process and gain an awareness of current models that are widely recognised in contemporary grief theory

  • Identify ways to support employees through a bereavement

  • Learn to communicate effectively and compassionately with bereaved staff and colleagues within their team

  • Understand the impact of bereavement and grief in the workplace and the benefits of incorporating a workplace bereavement policy into their organisation

  • Gain an awareness of support organisations, and how and when to refer individuals for further support

  • Become aware of the impact of working with bereaved people, the boundaries of their roles and managing the wellbeing of themselves and others


Training can be delivered in-house (up to 12 people) or online if preferred for smaller groups. Discounted rates are offered to charities and public sector organisations.

Bereavement Consultancy


It may be that as a small business, you may be the main person responsible for managing all HR/Employment issues and are unsure about best practise and how you can support your staff member during a bereavement.

In this instance, a one-to-one consultancy service can be offered as a 2hr minimum session to provide a briefer version of the above training course. This service can be offered for up to three members of staff.

Please do get in contact to discuss your organisation’s specific needs.

Why support bereaved colleagues?


Around 7 in 10 (72%) UK adults have been bereaved at least once in the last five years (Sue Ryder charity for palliative, neurological and bereavement support).

Yet only 9% said they had received support at work.

Meanwhile, more than half (51%) of respondents fear saying the wrong thing to someone who has recently lost a loved one. And among adults aged 18 to 34, 63% said they were worried about what to say.

These statistics should be concerning for all organisations as above all, they have a duty of care to their employees. Therefore, it is vital that line managers, HR and Mental Health First Aiders or Wellbeing Champions become aware of how they can best support a bereaved colleague in the workplace.

Impact for employers

Bereavement is often a life-changing experience which we will all go through at some point in our lives. Staying silent about it or undermining the impact of it can be hugely detrimental to someone who is grieving.

We know that grief and mental health are closely linked. Many employers are much more aware now of the importance of good mental health in the workplace and are making provisions to ensure employee wellbeing is high on their agenda.

Whilst it can be challenging to know how to sensitively manage bereavement in the workplace, this is not a valid reason to avoid discussing it. If an employer has a greater understanding of grief, this can help to dispel some of the myths associated with it. Ultimately, this puts the employer in a much stronger position of being more capable of supporting an employee during a very difficult time of their life.

The benefits of a compassionate and well-managed approach may include the following:

  • Demonstrates the organisation’s values to its employees and builds commitment and loyalty from staff

  • Better equipped to manage unexpected time off work; clear guidance through a bereavement policy

  • Supports an individual’s return to work

  • Acknowledge’s the employee’s loss and is more equipped to make suitable adjustments ie. flexible working arrangements, change in job role functions

  • Helps to reduce sick leave, absenteeism and unnecessary staff turnover

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