Workplace Grief Education

Grief in the Workplace


A Ready Company Never has to Get Ready

Companies are realizing that providing quality grief support creates a climate of loyalty, improves employee retention and establishes a greater sense of community among its staff.  Instead of trying to mop up after the fact, companies who are preparing to support grieving employees are preemptive in providing what their staff needs most.

As a grief educator I bring leadership and employees together; teaching them how to encourage each other through losses and creating an atmosphere of support.  I also work with HR departments to draft an enhanced bereavement policy that offers the genuine help a grieving employee really needs.


The Financial Impact of Grief in the Workplace

“Traditional thinking in the workplace is that financial stress is the major cause of grief and stress. However, death of a loved one is by far the greatest issue for employees. All other causes above are far behind in their cost to employers. The total annual cost of employee grief to US employers was $75 billion in 2003 and death of a loved one accounted for $37.6 billion alone. It is more than double the cost of all the other causes of grief combined! When adjusted to 2017 dollars, death of a loved one taxes employers more from $75-$100 billion annually. In fact, the costs of grief are often hidden under the statistics. For example, the Council on Alcoholism estimates that alcohol abuse contributes annual costs to industry in excess of $276 billion. What that statistic omits is the fact that the vast majority of alcohol relapses occur as the direct result of the death of a loved one or a divorce or other romantic break-up. So the cost of losing a loved one likely far exceeds $100 billion per year.”                               

The Emotional Impact of Grief in the Workplace 

When employees know the work place is a safe environment for their seasons of grief, the results translate into

  • consistent productivity
  • safety
  • fewer sick leave days
  • emotionally healthy employees
  • higher employee retention
  • enhanced employee loyalty

Thus setting your company above the others as a desirable place to work that remains stable throughout your employee’s seasons of grief.

About the Presentations

Whether the audience is small or large, I communicate with ease and comfort.  The workshop environment, is lead with highly interactive and fun learning strategies.  Together, we create a safe teaching environment where attendees relax and discover that grief in the workplace is not the enemy and comforting others is much easier than previously considered.

The market place is often the part of our lives that ignorantly handles the pain of a customer’s, client’s or employee’s grief.  When tragedy strikes your company, I am available to present a tailor made workshop for your staff.  However, I would rather come preemptively so that your staff will be prepared BEFORE the need arises. A ready company, never has to get ready.  Experts inform us that companies who practice compassionate care for both clientele and staff rank higher in service, satisfaction and thus improve the  financial strength of their business.

Questions to Ask

  • Do I know what my employee needs at their hour of grief?
  • Am I able to provide what they need?
  • Do I understand what my client or customer needs from me during their season of bereavement?
  • Am I skilled to provide that for them?
  • How could my team/staff be better prepared to help each other through a loss?

If you understand that your leadership in this area will create trust and support for those you are responsible for, then contact me to arrange for a workshop or seminar.


Fred Cornforth,  CEO at CDI Group of Companies,  (208) 459-8522


Sheila Dahlman,  Human Resource Manager,  Somerset Pacific, LLC   (208) 649-1550

Senior Community Staff and Resitent Grief Care

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“I just wanted to thank you for the work you did here with our staff last week. It was great to have you here and we were very pleased with the training you provided. We got a lot of positive feedback and your message seemed well received.”   Ed Cornforth, Chief Asset Manager & Logistics officer at CDI, President of Somerset Pacific

Our mission is to be a supportive and compassionate companion for those who grieve and helpful, encouraging insight for those who comfort them.

It is our desire that this web site become one of your shared resources when you meet a grieving friend.  Our second, yet equally important goal is to offer significant and relevant information so that CfD remains one of your go-to places for your own benefit.