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07 June 2017

Three Ways To Support Bereaved Employees

It’s difficult to know what to say to someone who’s lost a loved one, especially if the loss was unexpected or the result of a terrible accident or attack. So many of us are afraid to approach a person who has been bereaved. We don’t know what to say, so avoid talking to them or act like nothing’s happened, without realising how distressing this can be to the bereaved person. When Sheryl Sandbury, LeanIn author and COO of Facebook, curled up for a nap and woke up to find her 47 year-old husband had unexpectedly died, her loss made global headlines. But it was the response of her colleagues when she returned to work 10 days later that really shocked her: “We sit at open desks and we share openly. It’s part of who we are,” she says, “But everyone looked at me like I was a ghost. No one would talk to me.” It turned out they wanted to, they just didn’t know what to say. So what should you say to someone suffering the pain of having lost a loved one and how can you support someone experiencing grief, instead of making them feel isolated?

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30 March 2017
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Westminster Attack Highlights Need For Compassionate Continuity Planning

Last week, a traumatic event managed to bring one of the most protected and best prepared employers to a halt. An attack was highly anticipated, but when it came, even though it wasn’t high-tech and …

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07 October 2016
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Why More Employees Are Being Exposed To Death

Although the likelihood of someone witnessing a fatal accident at work has decreased, with just 144 workplace related deaths occurring in 2015-16, the risk of employees being exposed to a sudden or un…

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01 June 2012
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Top Tip for Trauma Treatment

Through the administration of psychological first aid, OH professionals can actively help people to overcome the impact of a critical incident, says Mandy Rutter.

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