Grief at work

Bereavement Consultancy, Support and Training

The Irish Hospice Foundation Grief at Work Programme involves research, support, training and consultancy to staff and organisations on how to provide effective support to employees who are experiencing loss and grief.

These loss situations include:

  1. Death of a staff member (e.g through cancer, accident, suicide)
  2. Terminal illness of a staff member
  3. Death of a relative or close friend of a staff member
  • Customised training

We can provide customised online training through the Zoom platform on ‘Grief at Work’ designed to meet your individual organisational needs.

  • Online workshops

We provide a number of interactive online training workshops on the impact of grief and how to provide effective support to colleagues and staff, including those detailed below


Grief at Work during Covid-19: An Introduction

This one and a half-hour workshop looks at the impact of Covid 19 on employees who are grieving and provides a general introduction to understanding grief and how it can impact staff. The workshop also looks at how to provide effective support to colleagues who are grieving.

DETAILS

€35 per person.(Min 10, Max 16 people)
1.5 hour online workshop (via Zoom)

WHO IS THIS FOR?

This webinar is suitable for all employees and staff who would like to learn about the grieving process, how it can impact on people in the workplace, and how to provide effective support.

PURPOSE

In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, this webinar will provide participants with an understanding of different types of losses and the grieving process. It will look at how these can impact on people in the workplace, and what is involved in providing effective support to people who are grieving (including tips on what to say /not say, and do /not do).

TOPICS TO BE COVERED

  1. The Covid-19 context
  2. Understanding loss and grief.
  3. The grieving process – physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual aspects.
  4. What can help – what to say / do for someone who is grieving.
  5. Taking care of yourself when supporting someone who is grieving

OUTCOMES

At the end of this workshop participants will have an understanding of:

  • The different types of losses involved in Covid 19 and how they can affect people.
  • The grieving process e.g. what is normal, how long does it take, expected reactions, etc.
  • How to provide effective support to someone who is bereaved – e.g. what to say/ not say, etc.
  • How to take care of yourself when supporting someone who is grieving.


GRIEF AT WORK during Covid-19: The role of managers

This two hour workshop looks at Covid-19 and the role that managers and human resource personnel can play in supporting staff and colleagues who are grieving. It focuses on the organisational as well as personal aspects of best practice grief support.

DETAILS

€60 per person (Min 8, Max 12 people)
2 hour online workshop (via Zoom)

WHO IS THIS FOR?

This workshop is suitable for managers, human resource personnel and those who have a supportive role for staff in the organisation.

PURPOSE

Covid-19 has impacted hugely on all aspects of the workplace and especially on employees who have experienced the death of a loved one or friend /colleague. Informed by research and best practice, this online workshop will help managers understand how grief can impact on employees and how best to provide effective support. It will also provide participants with practical tips and skills to build a supportive work environment for staff wellbeing around grief.

TOPICS TO BE COVERED

  1. The Covid 19 context
  2. What is involved in the process of grieving (e.g. time, normal reactions, etc.)?
  3. How does grief impact on employees (concentration / work performance, etc.)?
  4. Grief and organisational issues — current research. – creating a supportive work environment.
  5. Staff wellbeing – how to support an employee who is grieving.
  6. Self-care when working with people who are grieving.

OUTCOMES

At the end of this workshop participants will have:

  • An understanding of how Covid 19 has impacted on staff who are grieving
  • An understanding of what loss and grief are.
  • An understanding of the grieving process and how it affects people.
  • An understanding of current research and what creates an effective environment in the workplace for staff Well Being around grief.
  • Developed their own skills for effectively supporting someone who is grieving.
  • An understanding of their own support needs when working with people who are grieving.


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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For more information about consultancy and training, contact Breffni Mc Guinness Tel. 01 6793188.



Updated 23/06/2020

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