National Grief Awareness Week 2023

This is National Grief Awareness Week. Its mission is to create stronger connections between communities for people to understand what services are available to them in this most difficult of times, and to find a way forward with their life. More information is available via Events – National Grief Awareness Week (

Suffering the loss of a family member, partner or friend can be a devastating experience, and grieving employees need to be treated with the utmost compassion and support.  Bereavement in the workplace can be challenging – employees may need to take time off unexpectedly, find their performance is impacted or be temporarily unable to perform certain roles. However, a compassionate and supportive approach demonstrates that the organisation values its employees, helps build commitment and is likely to reduce sickness absence and help retain employees. 

In the UK, an employee has the statutory right to unpaid time off if:  

  • their child is stillborn (from 24 weeks of pregnancy) or dies under the age of 18 (parental bereavement leave)  
  • a ‘dependant’ dies, for example their partner, parent, child, or someone else who relied on them.  

Should you feel that your bereavement policies require updating, please contact us on 0800 9995 121.

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