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If you can't find what you're looking for here or in our Index, or have any questions please email usThe Occupational Health team can also help you with expert confidential advice and support.

Spectrum Life is our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which is a confidential, neutral service provided by an external company to support colleagues at the University, including free counselling. 

What is grief?

Grief, bereavement and loss

"Grief can be difficult and stressful and nearly everybody goes through it at some point in their lives. Despite this, it can be very difficult to predict how we might react to a loss, as it is a very individual process. In most cases, grief is not a diagnosable mental health problem. It is absolutely normal that grief places strain on our everyday lives and it can take a long time to adapt to life after a loss. Even after a long period, it is still normal to experience days like the difficult early days after a bereavement, but over a period of time we gradually learn to manage these." - Mind, the mental health charity

Read stories shared by your colleagues about their experience of grief here

Support options


  • The UoE Multifaith Chaplaincy offers one-to-one pastoral care and a confidential listening ear. They offer this to people of all faiths or no faith.

Spectrum Life

  • Spectrum Life is our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which is a confidential, external service to support colleagues at the University. They provide up to eight sessions of free counselling.

Occupational Health

Grief and Bereavement Group

  • This group is a support network for staff members and PGRs experiencing any form of grief, bereavement, or loss. You could be at any stage of this experience including, for example, a recent loss, a loss some time ago, facing the future loss of someone close, a miscarriage, or the 'loss' of someone still living in the case of advanced dementia.  The group is a safe space for sharing/listening and practical/reflective activities with much mutual support.  These secular sessions are led by the University Chaplaincy as facilitators with Cruse training.

    You do not need to register to attend, you can just turn up to the sessions that suit you. At in-person sessions, anyone attending is welcome to arrive up to 30 minutes beforehand if it helps to relax and unplug from work. The facilitator will also be available afterwards if you want to have a private chat (completely optional).

    How to join

    For general questions and to receive calendar invitations for sessions, contact Colleague Wellbeing who administer the group: If you have questions about the sessions and facilitation of them please email Ramona Nash the Chaplaincy Coordinator.

    Upcoming sessions:

    25 April (Thursday) 13.00-14.00

    Streatham campus:  The Quiet Room in The Old Library

    22 May (Wednesday) 15.30-16.30


    19 June (Wednesday) 15.30-16.30


    11 July (Thursday) 13.00-14.00

    Streatham campus:  The Quiet Room in The Old Library

Other University resources

Supporting someone experiencing grief

  • 'Your Colleague is Grieving. How Can You Help?' - Harvard Business Review
  • At the bottom of the page is a useful infographic about supporting someone with grief from an organisation called BelievePerform. Once you click on the image you can download it (by right-clicking -> 'Save images as'). You can then zoom in for greater clarity. 

External support

  • Access to Work Mental Health Support - a confidential service delivered by Remploy funded by the Department of Works and Pensions is available at no charge to any employees with depression, anxiety, stress or other mental health issues affecting their work.
  •, a signposting website for bereavement support services in the UK.
  • "Bereavement self-help guide" created by DPT NHS.
  • Cancer Coach is a programme from Cancer Support UK providing people with 6, weekly peer support sessions to help people resume life after cancer treatment. See their webpage for more info or contact: or call 0203 983 7616.
  • Cruse Bereavement Care - bereavement support, information and campaigning.
  • Death Cafe - at a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Their objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'.
  • Let's Talk About Loss for young grievers aged 18 - 35.
  • Marie Curie have bereavement information (including support others), an online chat function, add hoc talk line and 'Check in and Chat' where you can access up to 12 weekly support sessions from a trained volunteer who can provide a listening ear and a safe space to talk.  Thier support is tailored to those being affected by a terminal illness, whether that is the person diagnosed themselves, their carer or loved ones. It can be any form of terminal illness, including but not limited to a cancer diagnosis. 
  • NHS - Get help with grief after bereavement or loss
  • NHS Talking Therapies (previously called IAPT)- an NHS support you can refer yourself directly to for talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), counselling, other therapies and guided self-help. 
  • It can be helpful to go through one of Mind’s Wellness Action Plans (workplace, remote and hybrid) with your manager so you can both explore how they can support you more with your wellbeing. They also offer a managers' support guide.