The National Archive of Grief Support Studies
The National Archive of Grief Support Studies(NAGSS) database provides bibliographical information and summaries of recent articles selected for their relevance to grief and bereavement service providers. The articles that are summarized are selected from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals and are intended to highlight key concepts as well as provide a brief statement of implications for service providers. Bibliographical information may be used to obtain the original article.
Empowering People at Work in the Face of Death and Bereavement
Death Studies: 2009, 33(5), pp. 420-436.
This article advocates for workplace training in grief and bereavement so that employees and managers are better equipped to cope when a death occurs. The author notes that many managers who are unexpectedly faced with the death of an employee, or an employee’s family member, are not prepared to assist other employees in coping with the death. The author presents four case studies, two that illustrate helpful organizational responses and two that illustrate mismanagement at organizations impacted by losses. The author suggests that managers be provided with information about grief and bereavement, be prepared to provide an open environment in which individuals can express their emotions, and be able to refer employees for psychological support when needed. The author, who is a management consultant, also states that there may be times when an external consultant or counselor is needed.
Key Words: support, workplace
Service Provider Implications
Many organizations are not aware of the need to provide support to employees following a death, and many managers are not skilled at providing grief support. Service providers working with the bereaved may need to help them in coping with the lack of support in the workplace.