Offering support and assistance to an employee who has suffered a loss in his or her family can be difficult because people often feel unsure about how to respond to the employee's loss. However, the bereaved employee will usually appreciate an offer of assistance and support from the workplace.
Managers and supervisors can be particularly helpful by making sure the employee understands and uses available bereavement leave benefits and by assuring the employee that work is being handled. Managers can convey to coworkers any information the employee wants communicated (e.g., time and place of memorial service) and can also help interested volunteers organize a system to provide meals, babysitting services, transportation, and other assistance to the bereaved employee. Most companies arrange for flowers to be sent, and many employers have a representative from the company attend the funeral or memorial service.