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We offer a number of training and consultancy services including Managing Bereavement in the Workplace, Young Cruse one day awareness workshops and bespoke training tailored to your organisation.

Managing Bereavement in the Workplace

New Labour Relations Agency guidance on Managing Bereavement in the Workplace was launched on Thursday 12th March at the Labour Relations Agency. 

The new guidance has been developed in collaboration with Cruse Bereavement Care and other valued partners.

Marie Mallon, Chair of the Labour Relations Agency said: “Regretfully bereavement is something experienced by most of us during our lifetime.  How this is handled in the workplace can have a profound effect on an employee and indeed on the relationship between employer and employee.  This Guide aims to assist employers to respond appropriately to the grief and practical needs of the employee that has suffered a bereavement.  We are grateful to Cruse for the opportunity to work in partnership with them in the launch of this important guidance.”

Anne Townsend, Director of Cruse in Northern Ireland said: “Cruse is delighted that the Labour Relations Agency has produced this guide which is an opportunity to improve bereavement care in the workplace. Just recently an employee told me of her experience which highlights the need for improved practice for employees. Jane returned to work 3 weeks after her husband’s sudden death and a short period of sick leave. She felt pressured to return to work and knew she couldn’t give 100% so she resigned. This guide provides clear guidance for employers and Cruse can offer training and support for employers to improve the care of employees.”

Copies of the guide are available to download here.

To find out more about training from Cruse see the following links.

Bereavement in the workplace training and help with policy development

Other bereavement training

Young Cruse One Day Training Courses

If you are interested in raising your awareness of youth bereavement issues, and gaining skills to help you in your current environment, then we can offer you an excellent introductory workshop called "Supporting Bereaved Children & Young People".

This workshop has been designed to promote awareness of the impact death can have on children and young people. It will increase the confidence of learners to work and communicate effectively with bereaved children and young people. Experienced Trainers will introduce you to the theorectical base, as well as some practical resources and tools, for accompanying children through grief.

This workshop can facilitate up to 15 participants, details of our next course will be added here shortly. To be added to our mailing list, or for further information please contact or call Elaine/Maria on (028) 9079 2419.

Feedback from previous (Bereavement and Loss) Workshop participants:

"This training has taken the fear and mystique out of bereavement support. I feel I will be more at ease and confident to listen effectively to bereaved people."

"Extremely informative. An excellent session. Highly recommended to others."

"Purposeful, useful and well organised, practical techniques in facilitating a person's journey through grief".

All profits from the training go towards supporting the development of services provided by Cruse, therefore not only are organisations addressing their training needs, they are also contributing to the welfare of the thousands of bereaved people that contact Cruse (NI) each year.

Bespoke Training for your organisation or group

Our Training Department can also provide external and in-house training for your organisation based on the above workshop, or tailor-made to suit your needs.

Bereavement Awareness Workshops are offered by professional and experienced Cruse Volunteers who are able to tailor the training to meet the needs and expectations of individual organisations whether in the public, private or the voluntary sector. Examples of organisations that have completed training to date include: funeral homes, community groups, clinics/hospitals, teaching professionals, churches, civil servants, and charities.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Suzanne Quinn, Regional Training Manager on 028 9079 2419, or email: