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?

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?


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?


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?

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.