As all grief is unique, and everyone grieves in their own way, it could take months or even years before an individual is able to perform in the way they used to.

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Grief First Aid

Have any of your staff experienced grief, leaving you fumbling for the right words to say, or the right support to give?

When grief isn’t addressed in the workplace, grieving employees might struggle to function. They might be unable to concentrate. Some might want the routine of work and throw themselves at it with gusto, which in turn could leave them ‘burnt out.’
 

Nearly half of people bereaved in the past year could not afford to stay off work and had to return before they were ready, according to research by Marie Curie, a charity specialising in the care and support of people with terminal illness.The research also showed almost 20 percent received no paid leave from their employer.

They might not want to talk about what happened. They might not stop talking about what happened. Others might avoid them, as they find it too awkward to discuss feelings, or they’re afraid that by asking them how they are, they might upset them.

Having designated Grief First Aiders in your organisation will:

  • support your workplace with expert grief training

  • leave grieving colleagues feeling supported, heard and taken care of

  • aid retention

  • stop people from saying the wrong things and help people say the right things

  • teach people how to listen.

UK Commission on Bereavement survey found:

  • Survey respondents had high-level needs for emotional support with more than 51% of bereaved people experiencing high or severe vulnerability in their grief.

  • 4 in 10 participants reported difficulties in getting support from friends and family.

  • 75% of bereaved people demonstrating high or severe levels of vulnerability were not accessing formal bereavement services or mental health support.

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The training is delivered over two two-hour live webinars twice a month by Grief Specialist, Lucy Herd, with time for questionnaires at the end of each session. The training can also be delivered in person within a two-hour radius of Basingstoke.

 

Once finished, participants will be issued with a downloadable certificate, a pin for them to wear will be posted to them, and your organisation will receive a downloadable Grief First Aid logo to display.

You will also have access to free resources, including a template bereavement policy, and a discount code for renewing each individual’s training every three years.

Get in touch to find out more.