Accommodating Bereaved Parents in the Workplace: A Scoping Review

Kimberly L. Schoonover, Hemang Yadav, Larry Prokop, Maria I. Lapid

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Helpful workplace support strategies and accommodations (WSSA) for bereaved parents returning to work was assessed via comprehensive search of databases from 1990 to January 21, 2022. Eleven of 45 qualitative articles met inclusion. Bereaved parents often felt returning to work provided a coping strategy for and/or distraction from grief; however, some received insensitive comments by employer/coworkers. Helpful WSSA included flexibility on date to return to work and schedule. In conclusion, due to the intensity of their grief, bereaved parents benefit from a workplace offering individualized time off for bereavement and workplace accommodations to address potential difficulty meeting prior productivity demands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)348-363
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2023


  • Workplace support
  • bereavement
  • child death
  • parent
  • workplace accommodations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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