Supporting a Bereaved Colleague

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Communication skills for difficult times

Knowing what to say to a colleague who has been recently bereaved can be tricky. This isn’t the time for well-intended but useless platitudes. To be most supportive and helpful, you need to take your cue from the bereaved person and this video shows you how.

Summary of learning messages

  • Everyone is different
    Take your cue from the bereaved person you are seeking to support

  • Offer practical support
    Let them know you care, can help with work tasks, and are available to talk if and when they wish

  • It's not just one conversation
    The sense of bereavement doesn’t just go away; your empathy and support are likely to be needed over a period of time.

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