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Durham University

Organisation Development

Bereavement support

Bereavement is one of the most difficult things any of us will ever go through. This page contains information and resources to support colleagues.

University support

Bereavement leave - information on bereavement leave.

Counselling Service Self-help information - click on ‘Bereavement’ to find a link to NHS Self Help Guides and other resources. The NHS Self Help Guide provides information and advice on; coping with bereavement and loss, practical things that need to be done if there is a death, and how people feel when they experience bereavement.

Education Support Partnership - Organisation that provides mental health and wellbeing support to all education staff including information on grieving. Telephone support and a counselling service are also availabe for colleagues via a confidential 24/7 helpline - 0800 562 561.

Occupational Health Services - information on sources of support available including SilverCloud which is an online tool to help you challenge and change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, and to learn the techniques and skills to improve your wellbeing. It is very interactive and flexible – accessible to you on your computer, tablet or smartphone to fit in with your lifestyle. You can access SilverCloud via an Occupational Health referral. Please speak to your Line Manager who will refer you to the Occupational Health Service in the first instance. If your line manager is unavailable or you would prefer not to discuss the issues with them an alternative option is to discuss this with your HR Business Partner.

Durham University Chaplaincy - the Chaplaincy offer a listening service for students or staff who want to touch base on any concerns or anxieties or are looking for someone to listen attentively. To make an appointment to meet online with one of the Chaplains, email

Further resources

Additional information and advice are available via the following websites:

ACAS Managing bereavement in the workplace - a good practice guide - guidance on managing bereavement in the workplace

Cruse Bereavement Care: “Bereavement at work” - These pages outline the support Cruse can offer to organisations. We know that while many bereaved employees cope reasonably well at work, others struggle to manage their loss, and this can impact on their work and their relationships with managers and colleagues.

Government guidance - Support for the Bereaved - leaflet sharing important information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin during this national emergency.

Harvard Business Review: "The Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief" - David Kessler is the world’s foremost expert on grief. In this article Kessler shared his thoughts on why it’s important to acknowledge the grief you may be feeling, how to manage it, and how he believes we will find meaning in it.

NHS: "Grief after bereavement or loss" - Information from the NHS on dealing with bereavement, grief and loss.

Mind: "Bereavement" - Mind provides information on bereavement, where to go for support, and suggestions for helping yourself and others through grief.


Cruse Bereavement Care - 0808 808 1677 for information and support after a bereavement.

Education Support Partnership - 0800 562 561 for mental health and wellbeing support.