The death of a loved one can be incredibly difficult. It can also be hard to know what to say or do to support someone who is grieving.

Here is a few tips on how you can help support a friend or colleague who is grieving (in the workplace, in your community).

We work with many local employees & staff, encouraging open conversations in the workplace. Together, we can create a compassionate and supportive workplace for those who are experiencing loss.

Grief is complex and has emotional, physical, behavioural, spiritual and philosophical dimensions. It's a normal human journey and represents our adaptation towards living life without our loved person. It can be an incredibly difficult, lonely and disorientating experience.

️ Be empathetic and understanding. Grief is a process and everyone experiences it differently. Be patient and understanding with your colleague as they navigate through this difficult time.

️ Acknowledge their loss & express your condolences. Let them know that you're there for them, that you care. A simple "I'm sorry for your loss" & “I’m here for you” can go a long way.

️ Offer practical support. Consider offering to help with work tasks, covering for them while they take time off, or providing resources such as counselling services.

️ Don't avoid the topic of their loss; but respect their privacy & boundaries. It’s natural to try to help them feel better, so let them lead the conversation. Simply listen to them.

️ Remember to check in. Grief doesn't have an expiration date. Check in with your colleague regularly, even after the initial shock has passed. Just knowing that someone is thinking of them can mean a lot during this difficult time.

Other resources you may be interested in: 

Volunteer with Strathcarron

Loneliness and Isolation in Bereavement

Managing Your Grief

Personal Bereavement Stories