More workplace support is needed for staff facing grief


Conversations around death and dying don't have to be uncomfortable if employers are able to foster an open culture, says Paul Fraser, People Management, October 4, 2022.

Speaking Grief in the Workplace Should Not Be an Option


"Helping Break the Silence of Grief in the Workplace by Creating Grief-Informed and Grief-Sensitive Workplace Cultures"




Does your workplace reflect and support a compassionate and grief-informed workplace culture?  Be proactive and bring the power of grief sensitivity to your office and show that your organization fosters a culture of care, compassion, and concern.



The unpredictable occasion of death will affect every workplace at some point, and no organization, regardless of size, is exempt from its impact. Employees spend the majority of their awake time with coworkers developing personal and professional relationships, and when a death occurs the sympathetic care and concern take on a personal nature with an emotional and financial impact to the business.


Whether a CEO or blue collar worker, when grieving the loss of a loved one, you are simply a human being with a broken heart, and that broken heart can overtake the heart of your entire organization. Whether three days or three weeks away from work due to a loss, the grief is ever present and can’t be turned off like a light switch when an employee returns and is expected to perform as a fully functioning worker.  Whether managing a traditional, hybrid, or remote work setting, one thing is constant… the effects of grief will directly or indirectly cross the threshold and penetrate employee morale and productivity.


  • Do you know how to respectfully honor an employee’s grief and communicate support in a compassionate and grief friendly manner?

  • Do employees and teams feel supported when grieving a loss?

  • Do you know what is best and worst to say to a grieving employee?

  • Are you aware of the unspoken impact of grief in the workplace?

  • Do you know the grief-related costs to your company’s bottom line?



The Workplace Grief 101 Webinar is an introduction to fostering an environment where individuals feel safe, comfortable, and supported when dealing with a loss.


  • Understand grief, the grieving process, and the emotions resulting from the loss of a loved one.

  • Raise awareness around the myths, stigmas, and judgmental perceptions surrounding grief.

  • Learn best and worst things to say to someone who is grieving.

  • Compassionately respond to and support grieving employees.

  • Offer sympathetic care and concern for all supervisors, peers, and subordinates who are closely associated with the bereaved employee.

  • Understand the cultural diversity in grief-related rituals.

  • Reduce or prevent the effects of grief-related productivity and loss revenue.

  • Demonstrate a proactive commitment and appreciation to the well-being and goodwill of your workforce and organization.


Who Benefits from Addressing Grief in the Workplace?


Executives - Managers and Supervisors - Human Resources Professionals - Professional Practitioners - Federal and Local Governments - Community Organizations - Small Business Owners - Death Care Professionals - Unions - Trade Associations - Healthcare Organizations - Educational Institutions - Churches - Hospice Organizations - First Responders Organizations – Nonprofit Organizations - Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation Facilities – Legal and Eldercare Practices - Insurance Agencies – Entrepreneurs - Coaches - Health and Wellness Programs - Correctional Institutions – Law Enforcement Organizations - Military and Civilian Personnel . . . and more


A Message from Our Founder . . .


During my years of working in the cemetery, I experienced the loss of coworkers, family members of coworkers, pets of coworkers, and personal family members and friends.  Even as death care professionals, we were never prepared, instructed, offered grief support, or educated on what to do, how to respond, or how to help each other cope with these workplace-related losses.  We were allowed a brief time to cry it out amongst ourselves, but were instructed to quicky return to our offices to handle the business of serving the grieving families that walked through the front door.  How do you work as a death care professional but have no knowledge of how to handle a death that affects your very own workplace?  If not addressed, the painful emotions of loss such as disbelief, sadness, anger, vulnerability, isolation, denial, guilt, and regret can lead to unresolved grief, which ultimately has a negative impact on individuals, families, workplaces, schools, communities, and our grief-avoidance society as a whole.  We must do more to address this unavoidable sensitive event and normalize the conversation surrounding loss, death, and grief.

Dora Carpenter, Founder, Institute of Professional Grief Coaching

Grief is the journey. Gratitude is the destination.®

What are you waiting for?


It's not a matter of if loss, death and grief will visit your workplace . . . IT'S A MATTER OF WHEN!