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Bereavement and the workplace - digital conference


Bereavement can have a devastating impact upon an individual. Living with the loss of a partner, close friend or family member can take a significant toll on an individual’s mental health.  

Join Acas and guest speakers as we look at bereavement, its impact, how people managers can support employees, the law around leave and expectations of workplaces.  

Business need

“Millions of people across the UK faced bereavement in 2020, with hundreds of thousands more bereaved than in previous years as a result of Covid-19.” – UK Commission on Bereavement. 

Over the last two years, bereavement has had a major impact on society; with many having to manage grief remotely, the long-term repercussions of bereavement are yet to be seen. Remote and hybrid working have taken a significant toll on employee mental health, while the traditional ways in which we interact has fundamentally changed.  

Effectively supporting bereaved employee’s well-being, building and maintaining support structures and following a consistent approach can help both businesses and employees navigate through these difficult times, whilst also strengthening the employer/employee relationship. 

The way in which we manage people has undergone significant change and businesses need to establish, or review, workplace policies and procedures and to familiarise themselves fully with their legal duties and best practice. 

This event will include:

  • Legal entitlements
  • Support structures
  • Policies and procedures 
  • Best practice 
  • Employee wellbeing 

Suitable For

Delegates from all sectors of industry including: managers, supervisors, team leaders, HR professionals, business owners, Trade Union representatives, employee representatives and individuals who wish to enhance their CPD.


This digital conference will include the following speaker sessions:

  • Francoise Woolley (Acas Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing)
    As the Acas head of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Francoise will outline the importance of recognising the impact of bereavement on both the individual and the organisation. She will discuss the options available from Acas that can support people managers to positively engage individuals in the workplace.  
  • Rachel Warren (Research and Policy Manager, Marie Curie)
    The UK Commission on Bereavement report will be released in early September, Rachel will discuss the key findings from the report and recommendations for how organisations can incorporate these into their people strategies.  
  • Kerry Allison (People policy manager, Co-Op) 
    The Co-Op employs over 65,000 people across a family of different businesses. Kerry will discuss how valuable and important having a bereavement policy is to both their organisation and employees, presenting the approach Co-Op took in introducing their policy, the rationale and the consequences. 
  • Andy Langford (Clinical Director, Cruse)
    Andy will discuss the work Cruse are conducting alongside Co-Op, looking at workplace communities whilst highlighting how Cruse can offer support to both individuals and organisations. As the leading UK charity on bereavement, Cruse provide free care and bereavement counselling to people suffering from grief.
  • Chair: Jennifer Lobley (Senior Advisor and Women’s Network Chair, Acas)

Venue Delivered digitally via Zoom   Map (opens in new window)   Date 28/09/2022    Time 09:30 - 12:30   
Price £110.00 per person    Please note our training events are VAT exempt
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* Max of 4 delegates per organisation. Please call Acas on 0300 123 1150 or email if numbers exceed this or for more details about the training session.