It is our intention to respect the sensitive circumstances that arise if you suffer bereavement whilst in our employment and to make adjustments where appropriate.

You will be entitled to 2 days paid bereavement leave where a member of your immediate family dies, is seriously ill or is in severe distress. (Immediate family is regarded as husband, wife, partner, father, mother, son, daughter, sister, brother, father-in-law or mother-in-law, or any person where you are acting as the nearest living relative. Half-brothers and sisters, adopted parents step-parents or children are included.) A one-day paid bereavement leave will be granted on the death of a grandparent.

Depending on your relationship with the person who has died and the circumstances of the death we recognise that you may need extended leave. You may take this from holiday entitlement or take unpaid time.

If your religion or culture requires you to observe any particular practices or make special arrangements that may affect your employment please let us know.

In any event, you should speak to your line manager as soon as possible to let him or her know your situation.

If you have any concerns about the grieving process impacting on your work performance or ability to carry out your duties safely you should discuss this in confidence with your line manager. We will do our best to make appropriate adjustments to hours or duties to assist your return to the work environment.

Equally if we have concerns we reserve the right to request a doctor’s report before you resume full duties.





This policy was last reviewed in December 2019