Bereavement support offered by charity to businesses

A charity providing bereavement support for more than 35 years is now offering a new online programme for employers.

By David Sedgwick
Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 7:00 am
Laura Barrett, Bereavement Support Worker – Digital Developments at St Oswald’s Hospice.

St Oswald’s Hospice has launched the online bereavement support training programme for employers.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week – May 10 to 16 – St Oswald’s Hospice is raising awareness of the importance of providing support to employees after a bereavement, and the impact this can have on the mental health of a workforce.

Laura Barrett, Bereavement Support Worker – Digital Developments at St Oswald’s Hospice, said: “St Oswald’s Hospice has always been a charity that has developed services around its communities’ needs.

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"In the face of unprecedented demand for our bereavement support service, the new training programme was developed last September, and continues to grow and develop.

“This Mental Health Awareness Week we want to raise awareness of the detrimental impact that bereavement can have on a person’s mental health.

"And because we spend so much of our lives at work, it’s vital that organisations are able to positively support employees after a bereavement.

“We know that death and bereavement aren’t easy subjects to talk about, and that it’s a huge challenge for employers as most of us will experience bereavement during our working lives.

"I’d encourage any organisation who’d like to find out more to get in touch with us to see how we can work together and support your business.”

The training is currently delivered online by St Oswald’s Hospice’s Bereavement Team, and provides practical tips and advice, as well as looking at the importance of having a strategy in place for bereavement within an organisation.

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