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Scottish Bereavement Friendly Workplaces Toolkit

Why is workplace support important?

For all of us, there will be times when death intrudes on our lives and expectations. No-one should have to deal with these distressing times alone, and workplaces can play an important role providing:

  • flexibility to allow an individual to adjust to their new circumstances
  • information on financial, legal and other practical issues
  • understanding and social support

Providing a supportive workplace can also have benefits for the organisation. Research suggests compassion in the workplace:

  • reduces anxiety
  • helps people feel valued
  • helps people resume a sense of normality
  • increases bonds between co-workers
  • generates higher levels of shared positive emotion
  • builds a collective capacity for healing

Further resources

For more background on why workplace support is important, see:



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