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Questions tagged [death]

Questions referring to the passing away of a colleague, client, or their family members or friends.

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Does bereavement leave cover all family deaths? [closed]

Last Saturday, my grandmother passed away. It really makes me sad and I will not doing my best work when I return to work. I had to help with all the funeral arrangements, and it tires me. Also, I'm ...
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Tell a new employee about their boss's personal life challenges?

So I was watching the TV show "After Life", and the premise of the show is that Tony's wife has just passed away. For this reason, Tony is not acting as his usual self. Coincidentally, his employer ...
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Did not want coworkers to know about death of parent [closed]

I recently lost my Mom unexpectedly. I asked my manager, who is also HR, not to tell anyone. She told me that she would only tell the owners but no one else. I got back to work after taking some ...
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Manager thinks I am lying about a family emergency due to a misunderstanding

One evening at work, I got to know my grandmother was not doing well. I told this to my immediate manager. He misunderstood this to mean she passed away, which I did not know then. Four days later, ...
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Colleague commited suicide - is there anything I could have done to help?

One of my colleagues committed suicide. We are an IT consultant company. When we have a contract, we will be deployed at a customer's site; one of our customers always put every consultant under ...
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Fired right before boss committed suicide. Should I mention in interviews?

Introduction: After 3 years in my first job as software engineer I was called into office by HR. I have been told to either sign a contract which stated that I left the company freely or that I will ...
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Dealing with the unexpected death of an employee

This morning, a bunch of news flashed around in our regional TV about the death of a young male, just out of his teens, killed in front of his house while going home from college last night. That kid ...
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Is it common for employee to ask for condolence letter from the company?

My grandpa passed away yesterday, and my parents thought that it would be a good idea to get a condolence letter from my company, something like here. My parents were born and raised in Asian country, ...
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In an interview, how do I tactfully say that a former supervisor died?

One of my supervisors (also a close friend outside of work) from a job I had 5 years ago recently died. If an employer asks why they can't contact the employer, how do I tell them this without it ...
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How can I let my manager / colleagues know that my performance might suffer temporarily while grieving or dealing with a personal loss? [closed]

Very closely related to: How to behave with a colleague who suffered the loss of a close family member? and What is an appropriate response to the death of a coworker's loved one? These ...
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How to behave with a colleague who suffered the loss of a close family member?

A colleague had recently lost a close relative and was out of office for about a week. He just returned to work. We do not interact frequently as our duties are not directly related. However, we sit ...
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Fellow employee died before they started. Any professional way to express condolences?

On Monday we had a subcontractor scheduled to start work on our program. After she did not show up, my manager attempted to call but could not get a hold of her. A few hours later my manager ...
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Is it professional to wear black ribbon at work?

I had a close relative has died few days ago. My family has a tradition of wearing black ribbon as a symbol of remembrance. I work at a large (1000+ employees) company in western/northern Europe and ...
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Is it appropriate to tell my coworker my mom passed away?

This week my mom passed away from cancer. I have told my boss and he has given me time off. I'm in a telecommute position and so I am not in the same office as my coworkers. I'm a private person and ...
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Employee died unexpectedly - how should I act towards the deceased's colleague?

So, I work in a small company, we mostly do temporary projects for a very big company with many departments. In one of the departments, an employee died unexpectedly some weeks ago. I did not know ...
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Best way to chase invoices on behalf of a deceased business owner?

My father ran a business and is now deceased. There are outstanding invoices that have been sent to clients awaiting payment. I've emailed the clients from my own email address stating I am acting on ...
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What to do for bereavement when someone hasn't died yet?

My grandfather has been in the ICU since thanksgiving after his heart stopped. I was told that they are taking him off the ventilator tonight, and that they were planning the funeral for this weekend. ...
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What is an appropriate response to the death of a coworker's loved one?

My coworker's father passed away. The following day, an employee from HR sent out an office-wide email with the obituary and viewing details with the coworker's permission, and started a fund for a ...
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What do you do/say to someone who has been off work because they lost someone close?

If you have a colleague or boss who is off work because a significant person (wife/husband/child/parent/grandparent) in their life died, what is the workplace norm for communication? Should you ...
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Informing customers about the death of an employee

If you have an employee who has an impersonal, but professional relationship with some of your customers (say, an account manager or a sales representative) and the employee passes away unexpectedly, ...
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Interviewers doubt my freelance work due to no proof as my friend / coworker passed away recently

I worked from November 2011 as a free lancer with a friend but he recently passed away in December 2012. Now when I interview for a job I have a gap in my resume that I have no proof for as my friend ...
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Is It Bad Form to Remove a Deceased LinkedIn Connection?

I feel kind of insensitive for asking about this. I am connected to a guy that suddenly died about a month ago of natural causes. I was just looking through my connections on LinkedIn, and ...
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Should I leave an upcoming company event early?

I am fortunate to work at a company that holds an annual holiday/social event. There are some light remarks from management (listing our achievements this year, etc.), but it is primarily a social ...
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What's the etiquette when a long-serving employee dies during your internship?

I'm currently at the third month of my internship, and one of the associates died of a heart attack last week at work. He had been working here for more than 25 years, so everyone is really shocked ...