Suggested Ways of Helping a Grieving Co-worker

Being supportive of a co-worker or employee who is grieving a loss can be very helpful for the grieving person. Knowing friends, family, co-workers and employers are thinking of them and wishing them support can provide comfort to someone grieving a loss.

Here are some suggestions of ways to help a grieving co-worker.

  • Let the co-worker know you empathize with their loss–in person or in writing.
  • Respect the grieving person’s desire for privacy.
  • Remember to include the co-worker in any social plans. Let your co-worker decide whether to accept or decline the invitation.
  • Accept less than their best performance from your co-worker for a while, but expect them to return to their best over time.
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