8 Tips to Help a Colleague Grieving a Loss

How to Offer Support to a Grieving Colleague?

FAQs on How to Support a Grieving Colleague

What are some ways you can show support to someone who is grieving? up-arrow

A person who is grieving may benefit a lot emotionally, even from little actions. You can simply send a card or flowers, buy them a meal, take care of their laundry or go shopping with them. Besides these options, even setting up a regular meeting to listen and offer support can also turn out to be heartwarming for that person.

What to text someone who is still grieving? up-arrow

Here are some sample texts that you may forward to a person who is grieving the loss of their loved one:

  • “I just wanted to remind you that my thoughts are with you”
  • “If you ever need to talk, I am here”
  • “I send my sincere sympathies to you and your family”
  • “Do you need me to deliver something to you?”

What not to say to a person who is grieving? up-arrow

It is highly suggested to avoid these phrases, especially when you are tackling a grief-stricken individual:

  • “You must stop crying”
  • “I can understand how much this hurts”
  • “They deserved this; do not feel this much sorry”
  • “Be thankful that at least he is no longer suffering”

What to say if the grieving colleague is your subordinate? up-arrow

In general, the above guide should be sufficient when supporting a subordinate at work. In addition, refrain from trying to be too friendly, sending care packages, or assigning additional leaves unless asked or the workplace dynamics demand it.