Bereavement Leave Policy Template

Bereavement Leave Policy Template

This template provides a basic structure for your bereavement leave policy. And works as a starting point for building your company’s policy. We highly suggest adding, changing, or rearranging content to make it your own!

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We hope you never have to take bereavement leave. But if you lose someone close to you, here’s how you can take the time you need – without worrying about work.

Next : Scope >


This policy applies to [all full and part-time employees] who wish to observe the passing of a loved one.

Next : What is bereavement leave? >

What is bereavement leave?

Bereavement leave (AKA compassion leave) is time off that is specifically used for the purpose of making funeral arrangements, attending a funeral, or mourning the death of a loved one.

Next : Our bereavement leave policy >

Our bereavement leave policy

Losing a loved one is traumatizing. If this happens to you while you work with us, we want to support you and give you time to cope and mourn.

For this reason, we offer [3 days] of paid bereavement leave. You may take your bereavement leave on [consecutive/non-consecutive] days to:

  • Arrange a funeral or memorial service
  • Attend a funeral or memorial service
  • Resolve matters of inheritance
  • Fulfill other family obligations
  • Mourn

If you have to travel long-distance for a funeral or service, you can take [2] additional unpaid days off. If you require more time, please use your PTO.

Next : How to request bereavement leave >

How to request bereavement leave

Let your [manager/HR] know as soon as possible if you need to take time off to pay your respects to a loved one. You can do this by email to your manager or via [our HR software].

Depending on where the service is happening, we may need more information about your travel plans so we can allocate more time off as necessary.

Managers: If an employee has lost a loved one, you are expected and required to treat them with respect and compassion. This means handling their time off requests appropriately. If you do not approve bereavement leave for any reason, you may be subject to disciplinary actions.

Next : Questions? Comments? Concerns? >

Questions? Comments? Concerns?

Have a question about this policy? Reach out to [HR contact].

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