Support at work

Grief Support in the Work Place

In 2014, 12% of the UK’s population were bereaved by cancer. Taking all types of losses into account, 20% of people in the workplace are bereaved. So, every two in ten people you interact with at work today are grieving. Grief is normal human experience, but up to 25% of people grieving may experience prolonged and distressing symptoms that affect their productivity and require more support. Support goes beyond providing the legal requirements for compassionate leave.
Effects of Bereavement in the Workplace
Research has consistently shown that lack of support in the workplace when grieving can have many negative effects for companies. Productivity can be lowered following a loss, with difficulties in concentration and judgment, stress, depression, lack of motivation and substance abuse.Lack of concern, compassion and support can have drastic effects for the employee, employers and wider organisation. This can include absenteeism, errors and even financial consequences. Our charity’s work has shown that having a proactive approach to managing grief in the workplace benefits the bereaved employees, those managing them and others in the team.


The Loss Foundation is here to help!

At the Loss Foundation we are committed to changing the way society thinks about death and bereavement. We know how hard it can be to know the “right” thing to say when someone is bereaved. The fear of saying something “wrong” and upsetting the person often causes many of us to avoid the subject, or even the grieving person altogether.

Learning to better support and engage with people who are grieving at work will;

  • help their return to productivity
  • maintain staff morale
  • reduce absenteeism
  • make your staff members feel valued
  • increase profits

We are offering a package of expert guidance for companies to learn from so they can handle delicate situations with the highest standard of care in the workplace. The package of resources is designed to be shared with your managers and staff to ensure that they feel supported during their grief.

All of the content is developed by Clinical Psychologists who specialise in bereavement support and involves sharing psychological models of grief so that you can better understand your employees’ experiences and difficulties.

All support is based on the feedback and needs evidenced by the wider public. We’ve been at the front line and we’re here to share what we’ve learned!

As part of our corporate scheme you will receive beautiful, compassionate leaflets for your staff on how to cope with grief, as well as practical guides for managers supporting grieving employees. All of our materials provide accessible summaries of the latest guidance and research around grief support.

Quotes from companies

“The information regarding differing responses for differing states of grief and how everyone grieves in an individual way was extremely useful.”

“The most helpful part of the workshop was learning the immediate things to consider when speaking with an employee who has had a bereavement.”

“Erin and Kirsten were brilliant presenters!”

“I really enjoyed the workshop and it would be useful for manager level employees.”

Next Events

27/09 September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
02/10 October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm