Grief at work webinar

Webinar about bereavement in the workplace during Covid-19

Below is a recording of the June 30th event

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on everyone. This is especially true for those who are grieving, with restrictions on social distancing and funeral attendance, adding extra layers to what is already a challenging experience. Covid-19 has also impacted hugely on our work lives and while our workplaces can play a key role in helping people cope, how do we provide support to our colleagues and staff who are grieving?

Event info

Date: June 30th
Time: 1-2pm
Access: An online link provided through Zoom

This free webinar will explore the following areas:

  • The impact of Covid-19 on grieving in the workplace.
  • Tips for supporting colleagues and staff who are grieving (What helps/doesn’t help)
  • Staff Wellbeing and Grief – Case study: The experience of Technology University Dublin


Orla Keegan – Head of Education, Irish Hospice Foundation – (MC)
Breffni Mc Guinness – Bereavement Training, Irish Hospice Foundation
Linda Murray – Staff Development, Technology University Dublin

Orla Keegan is Head of Education & Bereavement at Irish Hospice Foundation. Her background is in psychology and health services research and she previously worked in the University of Dundee & and in Fife Health Board, Scotland, as well as in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). Orla is course director for the MSc/PGDip Bereavement Studies run in Dublin with RCSI. At IHF she works with a team of ten full and part time teaching, development/information and administrative staff to promote education and development of bereavement service.
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breffni mcguinness

Breffni McGuinness is the Bereavement Training Manager with Irish Hospice Foundation. He has developed the ‘Grief at Work’ Programme to support employees and organisations around grief and bereavement. This involves research, education, training and consultancy to workplaces and employers on how to provide effective support to employees who are grieving. With a background in pastoral care and psychotherapy, he has worked with unions and employer organisations to develop resources on bereavement policies, suicide, and supports for staff who are grieving.
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linda murray

Linda Murray is a member of the Staff Development Team in the Technological University, Dublin where she has responsibility for implementing the TU Dublin Wellbeing & Health Promotion Programme, providing a holistic and wide-ranging variety of initiatives to meet the needs of a diverse range of employees in the university. With a background in Human Resources & Psychology, and previously having spent time working with non- profit organisations, Linda developed a passion for workplace wellness. She has a particular interest in employee mental health and engagement with supports. She is a qualified Workplace Wellness & Health Promotion practitioner with a drive to embed a culture of compassion, kindness and inclusiveness at organisational level.
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Who is this webinar for?

This webinar is suitable for anyone who is interested in finding out how grief can impact on people and how to provide support in the workplace to colleagues and staff who are grieving.

Background reading
The following article is a helpful introduction to some of the themes to be covered in this webinar:
What I’ve learned about coping with grief at work – Arianna O’Dell

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