When an employee dies at work, you will need to deal with the next of kin very sensitively. A manager who knew the employee well may be the most appropriate person to break the news, or sometimes a colleague who knows the family well may volunteer.
At an appropriate time, you will need to inform the next of kin about their entitlement to:
- life assurance or death-in-service benefits
- remaining wage or salary payments
- outstanding payments for untaken holidays
- pension entitlements
- any personal effects the deceased may have at the workplace
After establishing when the funeral is to take place, it is a good idea to ask the next of kin whether colleagues of the deceased are welcome to attend.
You may wish to send a letter of condolence to the family of the deceased. You might also want to organise a floral arrangement to send to the funeral, or arrange some other tribute, and allow employees to contribute towards this. You may wish to place a notice in the local press (covering both sides of the community).