No two experiences are the same when it comes to bereavement; which is why it is imperative that organisations place a good framework of support for employees in the event of a loved one’s death.
HR Consultant, Gemma Bullivant, highlights this support in three time-related phases: immediate being “crisis support”, short-term being “adjustment support” and longer-term support for when time passes and awareness subsides. While these suggestions may not meet every individual need, they form a critical framework far beyond a basic bereavement leave policy. Adjustable and flexible to accommodate these needs, raised awareness on the topic and a holistic connection with a wider mental health and well-being will make a significant impact to support employees.
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