Bereavement Guidance for Managers

Bereavement in the workplace can be challenging to manage. Every employee may react to a bereavement situation that they find themselves in differently and therefore the approach that is taken may differ from employee to employee.

Please see guidance below which can be utilised to help support your employee through, what can be, a difficult time.

Bereavement Guide for Line Managers

Bereavement Guidance for Employees

Bereavement in the workplace can be challenging to manage. Every employee may react to a bereavement situation that they find themselves in differently and therefore the approach that is taken may differ from employee to employee.

Staff Wellbeing Confidential Support

Our Staff Wellbeing Confidential Support provides a self help workbook on Bereavement. Staff can also access 24/7 confidential telephone counselling (03303 800658) from qualified and caring professionals.

Mental Health First Aiders

The University has a team of Mental Health First Aiders across the Campus who can help with advice and signposting for staff members and students who are experiencing emotional or mental health distress. The aim is to provide reassurance, promote and support the safety of the individual, and to signpost to professional help and support.

Information on the location and contact details for the University’s Mental Health First Aiders can be found here.

Mind Wellness Action Plan

Wellness Actions Plans (WAPs) are an easy, practical way of helping you to support your own mental health at work, and if you are a manager, helping you to support the mental health of your team members.

Everyone can complete a WAP, you don't need to have a mental ill health problem in order to feel the benefits. It just means that you already have practical steps in place to ensure you are supported when you aren't feeling great.

The Mind website has two guides available, both with a Wellness Action Plan template which you can fill in electronically:

  • The guide for line managers is for managers or supervisors who are interested in introducing WAPs to their team members
  • The guide for employees is for any member of staff who would like to try a WAP for themselves and introduce the idea of using WAPs to their manager or supervisor
  • Find out more information and download the action plans and guidance here.

Additional Sources of Support

A list of external organisations and charities that work both nationally and locally to support people through bereavement

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