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Compassionate Employers is a workplace bereavement, carer and illness support programme to help support your employees experiencing grief, bereavement and caring responsibilities at work.

The Impact of Grief and Bereavement at Work

In the last five years, we know that roughly 57% of employees will have experienced bereavement in the workplace, and at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, around 26% of all workers were juggling work and caring responsibilities.

Yet, only 17% of managers would feel very confident supporting someone who reports to them if they had experienced a bereavement; and 77% of 18-34 year olds would consider leaving their job if they didn’t get proper support when bereaved at work.

Hospice UK has developed a workplace bereavement support training programme to help support their staff carers, support staff after death, and support a grieving colleague. 

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Compassionate Employers is a workplace bereavement, carer and illness support programme to help support your employees experiencing grief, bereavement and caring responsibilities at work.

Workplace Bereavement and Grief Support

Find out how to support a bereaved employee with Compassionate Employers, a workplace bereavement support programme from Hospice UK. It uses training, advice and resources to help line managers, HR and employees feel confident and capable of supporting their staff if they experience grief or bereavement at work. The programme also helps support staff who become carers.

Through a comprehensive annual assessment and recommendation process, we ensure continuous progress towards becoming a gold standard Compassionate Employer. This makes sure that everyone in the workplace gets the bereavement support they need as they go through the challenges of grief, bereavement, caring responsibilities or a life-changing diagnosis.

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The Compassionate Employers programme includes support for those with caring responsibilities and any employee affected by a life-changing diagnosis

Employees who are carers or recently diagnosed

As experts in end of life care, Hospice UK understands the journey from a diagnosis to bereavement. The Compassionate Employers programme includes support not just for bereaved employees, but for those with caring responsibilities and any employee affected by a life-changing diagnosis such as a life-limiting or terminal illness.

Compassionate Employers provides employees and their colleagues with the support they need at any stage of their journey. 

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"Supporting our employees’ overall wellbeing is fundamental to our diversity, equity and inclusion strategy.

We are pleased to participate in Hospice UK’s Compassionate Employers programme which aims to help employers in improving support for staff during challenging times."

Sarah Boddey, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Northern Trust 

What we offer: Bereavement Support & Training

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We will build on and strengthen your existing employee support offer and help you join up policies, peer support and communications. Our holistic, tailored workplace bereavement support programme fosters a proactive, positive environment where supporting a colleague is no longer awkward or uncomfortable. Instead, they can become a normal and even rewarding part of being at work, where difficult or challenging conversations are handled with warmth and understanding.

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How to Start Supporting Your Bereaved Employees

If you're interested in finding out more about how to start supporting your bereaved or grieving staff, or supporting staff who become carers, by becoming a Compassionate Employer, please fill out your details below. We'll be in touch with more information, including our free Compassionate Employers brochure.

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