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Our new Corporate Bereavement Awareness Training Sessions

5 May 2023

We are committed to building compassionate workplaces across the city. Workplaces that support employees who are living with a terminal diagnosis, caring for someone with a life-limiting condition, or dealing with loss and grief.

Our Community and Corporate Team has launched bespoke corporate bereavement awareness training sessions. The sessions support employers by equipping them with the tools to understand and support people who may be dealing with death or grief in the workplace.

Each session is free of charge and developed with expertise from across our hospice and delivered by Suzanne McArthur, Head of Community Development and Partnerships and Luke Manley, Senior Community and Business Development Fundraiser.

Feedback from the initial session held at Birmingham Business Park was incredibly positive.

Speaking about the training, one participant, said: “The training was incredible – informative, engaging and impactful.

“It provided valuable information and tools for managing grief in the workplace. It was enjoyable throughout with your presenting skills and ability to keep what could be a difficult subject to approach, light in the most appropriate way.”

Luke Manley, who presented the session, added: “The attendees reported a huge increase in their levels of confidence in supporting a colleague who may be dealing with grief.

“No more fears of ‘what do I say?’, staff feel empowered to have more compassionate and empathetic conversations.

“Talking about death is normally a conversation people want to avoid. It can be a difficult topic to talk about anywhere, including at work.

“Which is why we are proud to provide these sessions that can be delivered within the workplace to help employees feel more confident supporting their peers who are dealing with a bereavement.”