Bereavement Leave

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about leave for bereavement:

Most offices have a policy allowing one week off for immediate family bereavement. Our office indicates it is only once a year. How should a double death be handled if both parents died close to the same time?

Signed, Wondering about bereavement leave

Dear Wondering about bereavement leave:

Most offices have a three day bereavement leave for immediate family members, although some provide longer leave time and some provide none, except on a case-by-case basis. No matter how it is handled, the issue of bereavement leave is that someone has lost a relative, loved one or friend, through death. The ceremonial activities surrounding a death require time and often, travel. Even if no ceremony is held, a grieving person needs a few days to get through the initial feelings.

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