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Introduction to Supporting Bereaved People at Work

Helen Evans
Helen Evans

Date: Please contact us for bespoke training dates for your organisation

Price: Please contact us for details – this will be dependent on numbers attending / number of sessions provided.

Where: We are very happy to come to your workplace if fairly local or offer a virtual session via Zoom/Microsoft Teams.

Suitable for: Any business or organisation

‘When we’re affected by illness, caring for someone close to us, or have lost a loved one – we need support. We need time and space, and we need those around us to recognise what we are facing and know what to do.

Stigma around grieving, and a lack of understanding about what it means to be ill and what happens when you’re dying, mean that too many of us are struggling to cope when faced with life’s inevitable challenges. And the workplace is no exception.

If we live in a society where we are scared to talk about death, we don’t understand dying or refuse to talk about grief, then how can we react with compassion when our colleagues, peers, and friends need support?’ (Hospice UK, 2023).

Our 2.5 hour Introduction to supporting bereaved people at work’ will include:

1. Overview of grief and bereavement

2. Strategies to support a bereaved person

3. Tips to support a bereaved/distressed person.

Our reason for running this

57% of employees will have experienced a bereavement in the last five years and every day, more than 600 people quit work to look after older and disabled relatives.

And yet, fewer than one in five managers feel very confident supporting someone they manage with a bereavement.

Feedback from a local business:-

‘The idea of supporting a bereaved or grieving colleague can be daunting, but the training from St Wilfrid’s was full of practical tips, strategies and resources, based on their huge experience of supporting people in distress. The training session has given me confidence that I can help, and much of the training is applicable to everyday life, too – from listening skills to the importance of empathy, I feel far better equipped to communicate more effectively, and to really help and support my friends, family and colleagues.

This was one of the most effective uses of two hours that I can remember – I learnt so many tips and strategies for supporting others, and I have a much better understanding of the process of grief and bereavement’

Please contact us education@stwh.co.uk for further details and arrangments for bespoke training.