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Workplace Grief Training

Grief in the workplace

Grief in the Workplace is a bereavement consultancy and training programme helping organisations support employees who are experiencing loss and grief. These loss situations could include: the death of a staff member; the terminal illness of a staff member; the death of a relative or close friend of a staff member.

Read more about the theory behind the Grief in the Workplace programme in our Bereavement & Loss hub

Customised training

We can provide customised online training through Zoom on ‘Grief in the Workplace’ 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:

Grief in the workplace 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

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

Who is this suitable 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.

Topics 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

Learning 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 in the workplace during Covid-19: The role of managers

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

Details

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

Who is this suitable for?

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

Topics covered

  1. The Covid-19 context
  2. What’s involved in the grieving process (time, normal reactions, etc)
  3. How grief impacts on employees (concentration/performance etc)
  4. Grief and organisational issues. Current research. Creating a supportive work environment.
  5. Staff wellbeing – how to support a bereaved employee.
  6. Self-care when working with people who are grieving.

Learning 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 wellbeing 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 is a National Bereavement Development Specialist working with Irish Hospice Foundation. He has developed the ‘Grief in the Workplace’ 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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Contact Breffni: email Breffni Mc Guinness or call (01) 6793188.

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