Not knowing what to do or say to a grieving colleague is an uncomfortable but common feeling.
Death, divorce, the loss of property or pets and other life events often trigger grief.So how should you acknowledge and support a colleague who has just experienced a significant loss in their life?
In many cases, a grieving person is met with silence, according to Dr Chris Hall, Director of the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB), which isolates them even more.
“In the workplace, it’s usually fear that stops people responding compassionately – fear of strong emotions and fear of making things worse,” Hall says.
So, what are some appropriate ways to show that you care? Here are some suggestions grief experts, including the ACGB, suggest: