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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.

VivUp

Our mental health support platform for staff, VivUp, provides a self help workbook on Bereavement. Through VivUP, 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

Coping with bereavement can be a distressing time for an employee. Whilst the above actions are all methods in which we can support an employee within the workplace, there are also a wide range of support mechanisms externally. Below is a list of external organisations and charities that work both nationally and locally to support people through bereavement:

 

  • Cruse Bereavement Care - Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people. Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support.  Tel: 0808 808 1677 
  • The Dying Matters Coalition - Aims to raise public awareness about the importance of talking more openly about dying, death and bereavement. Dying Matters has produced a wide range of information about end of life issues. 
  • Child Bereavement UK - Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Every year we train more than 9000 professionals, helping them to better understand and meet the needs of grieving families.  Tel: 01494 568900
  • Macmillan Cancer Support - Macmillan Cancer Support have comprehensive information and guidance for both individuals and employers about cancer and bereavement at work.  Tel: 0808 808 00 00 
  • Little Hearts Matter - The Little Hearts Matter Bereavement Support Service offers parents the chance to link with other parents who know what it is like to lose a child because of a complex heart condition. They understand the pain of loss and the importance of being able to reach out to others to help them feel less alone. Telephone: 0121 455 8982  

 

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