Grieving Well at Work - Supporting Employees who are Grieving

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This workshop will look at what is best practice in supporting employees who are grieving.

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Covid-19 has brought many changes to the way that we work and to the employment landscape, as well as making grieving more difficult. In addition to Covid, employees can be impacted by grief at any time – whether through death, relationship breakup, diagnosis of an illness or perhaps suicide. The workplace can play a key role in helping employees to cope with the losses in their lives. Providing effective support to employees who are bereaved is vital in helping them to keep well and forms a key element of Workplace Wellbeing. This workshop will look at what is best practice in supporting employees who are grieving. It will identify key elements of a Workplace Bereavement Policy, signpost helpful resources, and show how to integrate support for grieving employees in to Workplace Wellbeing.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the workshop participants will be able to:

• understand the impact of Covid-19 on employees who are grieving

• know what research tells us about what is important to employees who are grieving

• develop skills to provide effective support to an employee who is bereaved

• understand the key elements of a Workplace Bereavement Policy

• identify key resources and how to integrate grief support in to Workplace Wellbeing

Presenter Profile

Breffni McGuinness is the National Bereavement Development Specialist for Workplaces with the Irish Hospice Foundation. His special interests are in workplace bereavement, hidden losses and the use of creativity in working with people who are grieving. He has published a number of articles on bereavement and has developed resources for workplaces on bereavement policies and supporting staff who are bereaved. He is a Dramatherapist and member of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT).

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2022Workshops on Loss and Bereavement


This is a series of introductory workshops on a range of topics covering loss and bereavement.

Target Audience

The workshops are targeted at professionals and volunteers who may wish to learn more about loss and bereavement and for those working with people who have experienced a major loss.

These workshops are framed relative to the HSE palliative care competence framework at level two – for people whose work increasingly sees them engaging with people facing loss, bereavement and death. Specifically, the competence dimension for grief and loss; and the competence dimension for communication are of relevance to workshop content and learning outcomes.

The framework is available here https://www.lenus.ie/handle/10147/323543


Professional accreditation is under application from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. If you have other accreditation needs please contact us. A certificate of participation/attendance at the workshops is available on request.

Teaching Method

The workshops will be held online via Zoom and will include talks and interactive sessions.

Time and Duration

Workshops will commence at 9.15am and conclude at 4.15pm. There will be short breaks through the day and a lunch break of 45 minutes. Registration will commence at 9.00am


Participants may attend one or more workshops. Please note as places are limited early booking is advised.


€100 per workshop


Full payment is required at the time of online booking.


Cancellations up to 1 week prior to each workshop will be given a full refund minus an administration fee of €10. Thereafter no refunds will be made.

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