Tuesday August 11, 2020

This Life: Filling the silence

Many people find it difficult to know what to say to a recently bereaved colleague, writes Alex Meehan.

6th July, 2014
Breffni McGuinness, bereavement training and development officer: Talk to the person' Picture: Maura Hickey

When a colleague at work suffers a bereavement, knowing what to say to them is often difficult. Should you ask how they’re coping, or leave them be? Should you say nothing and wait for them to bring it up, or express condolences and allow them to talk about their feelings?

An estimated one in ten of the Irish workforce, or around 190,000 people, are directly affected by bereavement every year, yet despite this,...

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