White paper: Managing grief in the workplace


Different people react to grief in different ways, and it’s important that employers and managers never assume that they know what a particular employee might be going through after a bereavement. It’s equally important to let the employee know you’re thinking about them and care about their wellbeing – even if you’re unsure what the best way is to go about this.

In this short white paper, Aviva outline five things to bear in mind when developing a policy to support bereaved employees:

  1. Don’t assume back to work is back to normal
  2. It’s fine to say that you don’t know what to say
  3. Don’t be tempted to get the conversation ‘over with’
  4. Have a policy, but be flexible
  5. Recognise that grief isn’t just for close family