Mourning doesn’t have to be an awkward topic.
Remember, when someone feels a loss of a close family member, everyone responds in a different manner, but there are basic things we can offer each other that are generally comforting.
Supervisors and coworkers can help in many ways. They should be patient when someone is forgetful and kind if they cry. Going home early or getting time off to be with family is helpful but some would rather be at work and normalize as quickly as possible. Be sensitive to what the individual is going through but also allow them continue at their job and bring them back to full throttle.
Unfortunately, dealing with grieving employees remains among the most avoided workplace topics. If you’ve ever found yourself turning down a hall and going the other way to dodge someone who’s grieving, you’re not alone.