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Bereavement, grief and work - change and adjustment

Who should attend

HR professionals and managers and supervisors, as well as organisation leaders concerned about how their organisation responds to bereaved colleagues.

Synopsis

“Take as long as you need...”. There is lots of evidence of good practice in the handling of bereavement in the workplace. Work can be therapeutic or a final straw. Every case is different. Length of service, seniority, past record, and the empathy level and influence of a line manager often affect an organisation’s response. So, too, do the circumstances of the death, raising questions about consistency of treatment.

The aim of these workshops is to give HR professionals and managers a space to share their experience and approaches, with a bereavement specialist, against the backdrop of legal responsibilities and a new statutory right to bereavement leave for some parents.

Programme

09.00 registration and coffee, 09.30 start

Employment law issues linked to bereavement and grief

  • your responsibilities and obligations
  • Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill
  • fair treatment and consistency?
  • types of leave: emergency, compassionate, sickness absence or leave of absence: paid or unpaid?
  • return to work: adjustment of duties and flexible work: temporary or permanent?
  • discrimination risks: by association, detrimental treatment provisions, and religion and belief

Supporting a bereaved person

  • dos and dont’s
  • the unique face of grief
  • bereavement: not an illness but can become one
  • the role of managers and supervisors, and support for them
  • how much leave is enough?
  • sudden and traumatic loss

Difficult issues and your experiences

  • how far do you go and for how long?
  • hidden loss, eg miscarriage
  • sensitive information and privacy
  • terminal illness: bereavement starts early
  • what is ‘close family’?
  • keeping in touch: reintegration into the workplace
  • failure to cope: capability issues
  • occupational health and EAPs

13.00 close, followed by lunch

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Speakers

Liz Thomas
Bereavement Counsellor

Liz specialises in bereavement awareness training and is a qualified Master NLP Practitioner and Coach. She has been a bereavement volunteer and trainer for Cruse Bereavement Care for eleven years. She has also been a member of their National Training Committee. Liz regularly provides external training.