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.