More than half of employees feel pressure to return to work after bereavement, new study shows

Two in five adults feel isolated when returning to work after losing a loved one.

More than half of people feel pressured to return to work following a bereavement following a new report. Research by Co-op Funeralcare found, two in five adults felt isolated when returning to work after losing a loved one.

200 adults took the survey which shows that a third of them needed more than two weeks off before being ready to return to work. A similar number felt they had to justify their grief dealing with the loss of someone who was not immediate family.

“Grief works” author Julia Samuel said she is not surprised by the latest research. She said: Bereaved employees who are responded to sensitively, by having a conversation with their boss about what their colleagues are told, what they are concerned about and what might help them, takes very little time and reaps huge rewards in both support and loyalty to the organisation.”