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Susan M. Heathfield

How to Respond to Bereavement or Grief at Work

By September 22, 2013

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Sorrowful things happen to your employees and coworkers. These are the people with whom you spend the most time nearly every day of the week. When bad things happen to your coworkers, you can be profoundly affected, too - and you also want to know what to do.

What is appropriate when a coworker loses a parent or a child? How do you express sympathy when a coworker announces a terminal illness or a family member injured seriously in an accident? There is no formula and dealing with tragedy and sorrow is never easy.

But, these ideas should help you know what to do about employee bereavement and grief when, inevitably, tragedy strikes an employee or coworker in your workplace.

Whatever else you decide to do in response to your coworker's bereavement and grief, a sympathy letter is always appropriate. Here's my new sympathy letter template with a sample sympathy letter to help you get started.

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