Managing bereavement, grief and loss

Everyone experiences loss throughout their life, whether it be a loved one, a house, a relationship, a pet or the after-effects of a traumatic event.

At any time, one in 10 employees are likely to be affected¹ and, if left unaddressed, grief can have a major impact on someone’s personal and working lives.

A fear of saying or doing the wrong thing can be a barrier to colleagues supporting each other during times of loss. Concerned colleagues are often too afraid of saying the wrong thing and instead say nothing — which can be the most harmful option.

SuperFriend’s Managing Bereavement, Grief and Loss booklets help to equip employees and employers with the skills and confidence to support themselves and their colleagues experiencing loss, and educate them about the helpful and harmful actions to take during this time.

¹McGuinness, B (2009) Grief in the workplace: developing a bereavement policy. Bereavement Care 28 (1) 2-8

Who is SuperFriend?

We design and deliver mental health initiatives that enable workplaces to thrive. Check out some of our solutions and resources.

Downloadable resources

For colleagues who wish to support a workmate through grief or loss


For individuals experiencing grief or loss


For managers when a team member has experienced grief or loss


Our workplace mental health & wellbeing solutions

Workplace Training

Build the mental health and wellbeing capability of your employees and people leaders with online and facilitated training, delivered virtually and on-premise.

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Strategic Support

We provide expert assistance to support your organisation with services including strategic review, policy design, enablement and implementation support.

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Boost mental health and wellbeing awareness and reduce stigma with our short, engaging ‘lunch & learn’ style presentations covering a number of topics, for all employees.

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Not sure where to start? Our workplace mental health experts are here to help you.

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