Charity says that more support is needed for bereaved workers

  • A National Council for Palliative Care have said that bereaved people are being "failed" by their work due to lack of support.

    A report by the National Council for Palliative Care says the government should look into the "feasibility" of statutory leave from work after the death of a loved one. It also calls on employers to tell workers what help they are entitled to, reports the BBC.

    The charity commissioned a survey which found 32% of bereaved people in the last five years felt their employer did not treat them with compassion. Friends

    The report is produced alongside the Dying Matters Coalition and says that 87% of people felt all employers should have a "compassionate employment policy" which included paid bereavement leave, flexible working and other support.

    The survey also found that 56% of people would consider resigning if their employer didn't provide correct support if a loved one died.

    Currently there is no statutory paid bereavement leave, however workers do have the right to "reasonable" unpaid time off to deal with practicalities such as organising a funeral.

    "The costs of bereavement are too great to ignore, both for individuals and for society," said Eve Richardson, chief executive of the National Council for Palliative Care. "Employers have an important role to play by being compassionate and having a bereavement policy in place. It is also often the little things that matter and help make a difference, such as kind words from a manager or a card to say we are thinking of you."

    The report also wishes to improve training for all staff that comes into regular contact with recently bereaved people.

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