Handling Death and Bereavement at Work

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Business & Economics - 250 pages
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An estimated 3,500 people die every day in the UK. If someone at work or their partner or close family member dies, managers and colleagues need to respond appropriately. This book breaks new ground in placing bereavement on the management agenda. It addresses some challenging questions such as:

  • What to say and what not to say?
  • How to balance the needs of the person and the job?
  • How do you get it right in a diverse, multi-cultural workforce?
  • How do you decide what time off is reasonable?
  • How can other people at work help, as well as avoiding making the situation worse?

This book is an essential guide for anyone in an organisation who has to take responsibility in the event of death. It covers issues such as what do in the event of a sudden death at work, managing staff who are terminally ill, and practical help after death including funerals. It is a unique and constant point of reference for anyone concerned with one of the most challenging issues to be faced in the workplace.

 

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Contents

Aspects of bereavement
18
Children and young people
44
Bereavement counselling
57
What is death and what does it mean?
65
Ignoring death
79
The practical tasks after someone has died
95
Suicide stress and bullying
100
SECTION 3
113
How the organisation can help
159
How people in different roles at work can help
171
Helping the bereaved person at work
181
Death at work
196
Case studies 21 I
213
Checklists
223
support over the funeral
229
Further reading
235

Funerals and rites of passage
121
Culture religion and death
133
SECTION 4
149

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About the author (2005)

David Charles-Edwards is an experienced management consultant and counsellor in the field of leadership, relationships, diversity, change and loss. A former Industrial Society adviser, he has also led the personnel function in two health authorities and managed the British Association for Counselling (now BACP).