National Grief Awareness Week is an annual event that aims to create a safe space for individuals to openly discuss their experiences with loss and grief. It encourages empathy, compassion and support for those who are grieving, emphasising that grief is a universal and often challenging part of the human experience.
The University of Bath Loss and Grief Network for staff has been established to support this aim. The next meeting is on Tuesday 5 December in the Chancellors Building room 4.5 between 12:30 and 14:00. If you would like to join the network, please let us know by completing this form.
The Good Grief Trust was established to ensure that no-one has to suffer unnecessarily because they cannot access the support that is right for them, at a time they need it most. Their vision is to help those bereaved from day one, acknowledge their grief and provide reassurance, a virtual hand of friendship and ongoing support. Visit their website to access a range of support and guidance.
The Cruse Bereavement Support community also have a range of resources. Some highlights include:
- A Manager's Guide to Grief in the Workplace. Gain essential knowledge and tools to support your team empathetically during times of loss.
- Grief First Aid in the Workplace & Policing (Greater Manchester Police). Learn about the innovative Grief First Aid programme and its critical role in supporting grieving employees.
You can read our emotional support guide to manage loss and grief, where you will find information on feelings you may experience, signposting to support organisations and self help tools and techniques.
Care first can offer you in the moment support and is freely available 24 hours a day. Phone: 0800 174 319. They are also available to offer you practical support and information when you need it most and offer a range of wellbeing services to support your emotional health, both at work and at home. Find out more about the services they offer.