Corporate Bereavement Buddy

Start time

September 2019


Six 90-minute modules

The IGI Corporate Bereavement Buddy certification program is a 6-module curriculum designed to train individual staff to provide peer mentoring and monitoring of a bereaved employee when he or she returns to work. Based upon national Critical Incident Stress Management elements, the curriculum covers psychological crisis and grief-associated stress, common psychological and behavioral reactions, and strategies to mitigate triggering and unsafe situations in the workplace. Each 90-minute module is followed by an online exam to test and ensure understanding and competency as a certified Corporate Bereavement Buddy.

Students will learn to:

  1. Understand the core components of grief
  2. Support the bereaved employee as they transition back to work
  3. Monitor and mitigate triggers, warning signs, and potentially unsafe situations related to grief before they escalate
  4. ​Understand signs and symptoms of cognitive, emotional, behavioral, physical and spiritual distress and how they relate to dysfunction in the workplace
  5. ​Use key crisis communication tools

Individuals seeking to earn professional certification as a Corporate Bereavement Buddy must:

  1. Submit the enrollment form
  2. Complete all 6 modules within six months
  3. Earn 80% or better on each competency exam

Successful graduates will be certified as a Corporate Bereavement Buddy through the International Grief Institute.