Bereavement leave for all
Just like sick leave, maternity and paternity leave, Sue Ryder believes that bereavement leave should be a basic right at work.
Bereavement is a painful but inevitable experience. It can be a life-altering time that demands rest and space, so you can start recovering.
But in the UK, bereavement leave is not treated the same as sick leave or maternity and paternity leave: there is no law to ensure everyone can have time off work to grieve.
Many employers allow some form of bereavement leave, but it’s entirely at their discretion. That leaves thousands of people unable to take a single day off, without fearing what it would mean for their job.
Bereavement is a normal part of life – just like sickness or having a child – and it deserves the same statutory protection. If you agree all workers should have the right to bereavement leave, add your name to the campaign now.
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Everybody looks after each other here and I love that
Thank you for supporting Sue Ryder. Every month we want to share with you a story about the incredible care we deliver around the UK. Whether that be through our hospices or neurological care centres, or our online bereavement support services.
Caroline is a nurse at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough. “I started at Thorpe Hall in March and obviously things have been very different to how they would normally be… there have been days when I have felt really wobbly but everybody looks after each other here and I love that”
Read Caroline's story here: https://www.sueryder.org/blog/caroline-sue-ryder-thorpe-hall-hospice-nurse