Bereavement Leave in the Workplace Research Invitation

15th October 2020 | Burial Cremation News

It is October 2020, and the world finds itself in the midst of a global pandemic, the likes of which are unprecedented for the majority of the world’s population. As a result, individuals have been forced to consider their own mortality, and death as a subject is receiving widespread attention in the global media.


My name is Mathew Crawley and I have been working in bereavement services for over 20 years. I am currently undertaking a research project into the provision of statutory bereavement leave within the workplace through the University of Northampton as part of a dissertation for my Masters Degree.

With the recent introduction in April this year of The Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (General) Regulations 2020 (which offer unprecedented, paid statutory leave for bereaved parents of children between the ages of stillborn and 18 years old), this research is focused at understanding the suitability of that which is currently offered to persons requesting bereavement leave outside of that scope, and similarly those persons who may be tasked with deciding what an ‘appropriate’ approach to addressing bereavement leave within the workplace may be, in order to answer the question:


‘What causes statutory bereavement leave to remain a taboo subject within UK business?’


You are therefore invited to complete an entirely anonymous questionnaire which should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. You have been chosen based on the industry and sector where you are currently employed, where it is felt that your potential input may add significant insight into the experiences mentioned above.

All questions are entirely based on your own experiences and opinions, therefore there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers. Further, apart from the industry sector within which you work, all information gathered following the questionnaire’s completion will be entirely anonymised.


Should you wish to contribute to this important research, please click here.


In addition for the surveys to stand up to academic scrutiny, could you also please answer the following:

  • The date and time that the questionnaires were/will be distributed (this can be from any point from now).
  • The exact number of members that this will be going out to, and
  • What those member numbers are made up of.


If you are able to assist, that would be much appreciated and assist in giving a clearer picture of our sector.

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