Loss and Bereavement Awareness for HR Teams and Line Managers

Workshop Description

Bereavement in the workplace can be challenging to manage: employees may need to take time off unexpectedly; find their performance is impacted, or be temporarily unable to perform certain roles. However a compassionate and supportive approach demonstrates that the organisation values its employees, helps build commitment, reduce sickness absence and retain the workforce.

Cruse worked with ACAS to develop “Managing Bereavement in the Workplace – a good practise guide” to help employers manage this difficult situation through appropriate and sensitive discussions with their employee; both in the immediate aftermath of bereavement and in the longer term. Based on this guide, we offer workshops to support Human Resources teams and anyone one with responsibility of managing people or teams.



    Workshop Aims

    After the workshop participants will:

    • Have an overview of the grieving process and begin to identify ways to support employees when bereavement occurs.
    • Be aware of the impact of bereavement and grief in the workplace and the benefits of incorporating a workplace bereavement policy into their organisation.
    • Understand how to communicate effectively and compassionately with bereaved staff, next of kin and colleagues.
    • Be aware of the impact of working with bereaved people on themselves and colleagues, and consider ways to manage the wellbeing of themselves and others.


    Our workshops are designed to be delivered in-house for up to 20 participants and preferential pricing is available for charities and Not-for-Profit organisations. We have a team of dynamic trainers who have many years of experience to draw on.

    The day can be tailored on request to need the specific needs of an organisation and previous training or prior knowledge of the participants.






    If you would like to learn more about the training that Cruse can offer or would like to organise a workshop for your organisation please contact the Training Team on 0208 939 9542 or email Training@Cruse.org.uk






    Bereaved at work

    We can help you develop a bereavement policy, train managers and HR staff, and ensure that your organisation can offer an appropriate and timely response to bereaved employees.


    Our new Cruse Masterclass selection will be delivered by eminent bereavement specialists, supported by Cruse Bereavement Care and hosted by Dr Colin Murray Parkes.


    We offer a range of bereavement awareness training at venues across the UK, and can provide tailored in-house training to meet your organisation's needs.