Working with Grief

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Working with Grief

Developing Supportive Workplaces

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

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Course Description

Grief is our response to any major loss, not just to a bereavement. This means that grief is much more of a feature of working life than is generally realised. This course has been developed to help prepare managers, HR professionals and colleagues to be well placed to rise to the challenges involved.

Unresolved grief can have a major detrimental effect on people’s mental health and wellbeing and even, at times, their physical health. A genuine commitment to employee wellness must therefore take account of the significance of loss and grief – whether or not these arise as a result of a bereavement.

These are complex and sensitive matters, and so they need careful handling by people who have a good understanding of loss and grief and have had the opportunity to explore ways of responding supportively. This course ahs been developed to address these issues, while also emphasizing how common loss and grief issues are in people’s lives, including in the workplace.

Given the sensitivities involved, many people will be tempted to back away and not get involved. This will leave their colleagues feeling unsupported at a time when they are at their most vulnerable.

Being prepared to address grief issues appropriately is an important part of employee wellness.

Who this course is for:

  • Managers and HR professionals across all sectors, plus employees wanting to be supportive of grieving colleagues.


What will you learn in this course:

  • Develop a fuller understanding of loss and grief
  • Appreciate the significance of loss and grief in the workplace
  • Feel better equipped to support grieving employees and colleagues
  • Be more confident about handling the sensitivities involved


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • All that you need is a desire to learn more about grief and how to deal with it.

Working with Grief


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Working with Grief
7 Lectures
  • play icon Prologue 00:53 00:53
  • play icon Module Companion E-workbook
  • play icon Introduction 02:51 02:51
  • play icon Part 1 - What is grief? 07:01 07:01
  • play icon Part 2 - How does grief affect us? 04:52 04:52
  • play icon Part 3 - How can we support people who are grieving? 11:18 11:18
  • play icon Conclusion 03:26 03:26

Instructor Details

Anna Thompson

Anna Thompson

Dr Neil Thompson is a highly experienced tutor and trainer. He is highly respected for his ability to explain complex ideas clearly and effectively. His gentle voice and unhurried approach are widely appreciated by online learners as will as attendees at his conferences and workshops. 

He is an independent writer, educator and adviser based in Wales. He is also a visiting professor at the Open University in the UK.. He is a well-published author with over 200 publications to his name, including over 40 books, several of which are bestsellers. He has been a speaker at conferences in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Norway, the Netherlands, Greece, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Hong Kong, India, the United States, Canada and Australia. 

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