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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. 

Grief, bereavement and loss

What is grief?

"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

Support available for grief, bereavement and loss

Spectrum Life

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

Colleague Grief and Bereavement Group

  • This group is led and supported by the University Chaplaincy (as facilitators with Cruse training) and Colleague Wellbeing. It is a support network for colleagues experiencing any form of grief or bereavement. 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, miscarriage, or the 'loss' of someone still living in the case of advanced dementia where personality change and memory loss can be common.  The group is a safe space for sharing/listening and practical/reflective activities with much mutual support. This is open to all colleagues regardless of worldview or religious faith. 

    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 directly afterwards if you want to have a private chat (completely optional).  To find out more about this group please email either Ramona or Colleague Wellbeing

    Here are the upcoming meetings:

    DIRECTIONS

    DATE TIME LOCATIONS 
    20 July (Weds) 16:00-17:00 Online (email ColleagueWellbeing@exeter.ac.uk for a calendar invitation)
    August - break N/A No August session as so many people are on leave including the facilitators. If you would welcome a conversation 1:1 with Ramona Nash or Kate Cramer this month, please feel free to contact them directly.
    September dates TBC    

Grief & Bereavement Network - Teams site

  • Whether you attend the group meetings or not, you are very welcome to join the Grief and Bereavement network via our friendly Teams site.  Ramona, Kate and Rosie (admin support and member) will use it to share information, dates etc. and members use it to check in with others, ask for advice, share information and things they've found helpful, or just share what they're going through with others who understand. To join the group please email: ColleagueWellbeing@exeter.ac.uk.

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Supporting someone experiencing grief

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