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Scottish Bereavement Friendly Workplaces Toolkit

Bereavement policies

What should be in my bereavement policy?

Bereavement policies need tailoring to individual workplaces' particular circumstances, although there are some features which are common to most, such as indicative timescales for leave and the procedures for reporting bereavement.

It is important that your policy is clear, readily available and easy to access. By definition, it is only accessed at times of personal trauma. Clear, plain and flexible policies are a great help in those circumstances.

The templates below are useful to work from, with the caveat that they should not be taken as a "one size fits all" solution.

Sample Bereavement Policy (ACAS)

Compassionate Leave Guide [pdf] (UNISON, 2016)

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