National University

BER606 Bereavement in the Workplace

Course Description

Introduces learners to the unique nature of loss within the workplace, including death of a colleague, bereavement overload of health providers, retirement, death and the media, and related treatment interventions within workplace systems. Learners will develop an interdisciplinary treatment plan for application within the workplace.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and describe the current facts on workplace bereavement and the effects on the community and economy.
  • Define and evaluate what is meant by "the hidden costs" of bereavement in the workplace.
  • Describe the experience of grief in the workplace.
  • Assess for the current supports in place for the bereaved worker in workplace policies.
  • Delineate the laws associated with The Family and Medical leave Act (FMLA) of 1993.
  • Identify and describe the many types of bereavement situations found in the workplace.
  • Discern how employee's respond to their colleagues' bereavement.
  • List the key factors that influence how an employee responds to the death or loss.
  • Describe the unique relationship between colleagues and how the loss of a colleague is a disenfranchised loss.
  • Compare and contrast inappropriate and inadequate responses to bereavement, loss, and death to appropriate and adequate responses to bereavement, loss, and death.
  • Evaluate how leadership can create or remove barriers to appropriate support for bereaved workers.
  • Apply several examples of support programs developed by employers in the United States.
  • Analyze the unique nature of bereavement for those who work in law enforcement, the military, health care, and schools.
  • Create strategies for helping bereaved workers.
  • Evaluate and integrate his or her own experience with bereavement in the workplace.