Bereavement leave company policy

This Bereavement Leave Company Policy template is ready to be tailored to your company’s needs and should be considered a starting point for setting up your employment policies. A bereavement leave policy may also be referred to as a compassionate leave policy.


Policy brief & purpose

Our Bereavement leave company policy outlines our provisions for employees who lose a loved one. If this happens, we want to support our employees and allow them time to mourn and cope.


This policy applies to all employees who lose a friend or family member.

Policy elements

When an employees loses a loved one, we will give them [three days] of bereavement leave per year. We will grant this bereavement leave for the following reasons:

  • Arrangement of a funeral or memorial service
  • Attendance of a funeral or memorial service
  • Resolving matters of inheritance
  • Fulfilment of family obligations
  • Personal mourning

An employee may take [two more days] of paid leave if a long-distance travel is involved. When employees require additional time off for personal reasons, they may use paid time off or sick leave.


If you need to take bereavement leave, please inform your manager and HR as soon as possible. Normally, we [don’t] require proof of death. You may need to bring us proof of travel or other document if you request additional time off.

Managers must adhere to policy regulations and be supportive of their employees during difficult times. You may face disciplinary action if you handle the situation inappropriately (e.g. refuse to approve bereavement leave for any reason.)


Disclaimer: This policy template is meant to provide general guidelines and should be used as a reference. It may not take into account all relevant local, state or federal laws and is not a legal document. Neither the author nor Workable will assume any legal liability that may arise from the use of this policy.
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