Sunday 21 September 2014

Resource pack for helping bereaved colleagues

'The experts tell us we never get over a major bereavement,' says Declan Coyle. Picture posed. Photo: Getty Images.

One in 10 of the Irish workforce is directly affected by bereavement annually but managers and colleagues can find it difficult to know what is the best approach to supporting them at such a sad time.

The Irish Hospice Foundation has now launched a resource pack aimed at helping managers and workers to help a bereaved colleague.

It is a collaborative project between employers, unions and representative bodies and comprises six information sheets on topics such as 'How to Deliver Bad News' and 'What to Say' and these can be downloaded free of charge from

It was developed with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), The Health and Safety Authority (HSA), Irish Business & Employers Confederation (IBEC), Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association (ISME), The Wheel, Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA), Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), Small Firms Association (SFA) and the Irish Management Institute (IMI).

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said: "Supporting workers during times of difficulty such as the death of someone close, is not only the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense. Healthy, safe and contented workers are key to the long-term sustainability of enterprise and employment in Ireland."

The sheets can be downloaded from For further information please contact Breffni McGuinness on 01 679 3188 or email breffni.mcguinness

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