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Extend your grief benefits beyond simple bereavement leave

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Your organization probably allows grieving employees to take a few paid days off when a family member dies. But employees who lose loved ones are unlikely to return to normal in just a few days.

That's why more employers are turning to organized grief-recovery programs to help grieving employees work through their pain. Some examples:

  • Universal Studios paid for an employee to become a certified grief counselor through the Grief Recovery Institute. He conducts afterhours group counseling for fellow employees. The company put an extra phone line in his office for calls from grieving workers.
  • Instead of sending flowers to funerals, some supervisors at Pitney Bowes and PricewaterhouseCoopers send a book on grief recovery to employees who lose family members.
  • The SAS Institute in Cary, N.C., employs a social worker who counsels employees who lose loved ones. The counselors also provide information on community ...(register to read more)

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