Deciding how to effectively offer support and assistance to an employee who has suffered a loss in his or her family can be difficult. Many people feel helpless about how to respond to the employee's loss. However, the bereaved employee will usually appreciate the offer of assistance and support from the workplace.
Managers and supervisors can be particularly helpful in communications with the employee. They can make sure the employee understands and uses available bereavement leave benefits, convey to co-workers information the employee wants communicated (e.g., time and place of memorial service), and assure the employee that work is being handled. Managers can also help interested volunteers organize a system for providing meals, babysitting services, transportation, and other assistance to the bereaved employee. Most employers arrange for flowers to be sent to the employee, and many employers have a representative from the company attend the funeral or memorial service. Additional information is available.