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Demystifying Death Week

Grief in the Workplace

Though paid bereavement leave is important, being a bereavement-friendly workplace doesn’t have to be expensive - a lot of it is about flexibility, sensitivity and good communication.

Most people want to be supportive when a colleague or employee is bereaved. But sometimes it is difficult to know the right thing to do, and people worry about saying the wrong thing.

That’s why we’re launching a new suite of resources help managers, employers and colleagues create more bereavement-friendly workplaces.

In Demystifying Death Week (2-6 May) we’ll launch:

  • A Compassionate Workplaces Toolkit
  • A leaflet ‘ “What to do when a colleague has been bereaved’
  • A checklist of ‘things to do’ to become a bereavement-friendly workplace

The week will also see the launch of a new Employer’s Guide to the Scottish Bereavement Charter, with opportunities for organisations to apply for a new Bereavement Charter Mark.

Get Involved

If you’re interested in making workplaces more compassionate places for people who are bereaved, there are lots of ways to get involved in the run up to Demystifying Death Week:

  • Send us your experience of returning to work after a bereavement – we’re looking for case studies to publish on our website.
  • Do you know of good resources to help employers do better at supporting bereaved staff? Please get in touch.
  • Would you like to be one of the first employers to receive the new bereavement charter mark? Please get in touch to find out more.
  • Come along to an online seminar on 3rd May where we’ll explore how to become a more bereavement-friendly workplace.
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Bereavement Charter for Scotland