Bereavement Leave

Bereavement leave may also be referred to as funeral leave.

There are no federal law mandates on this subject. It is important to check to see if your employee handbook has any information included on this subject. If it does spell out what your business will provide, that is considered a “binding” implied contract. Both for them and for you. Some labor unions will have worked out an agreement between employer and employee. Contact them (or look at the contract) to find out the specifics.

Business Man at Computer

Most companies or businesses will grant time off for a visitation, wake or funeral. How much time you can take away from work can vary greatly. Some of that will depend on how closely related you are to the person and how far you must travel.

Also some companies provide paid leave, while others don’t. This is something you will have to investigate at your individual place of employment.

I wish I could tell you that “ one size fits all “, however just like bereavement airfare there is not one same answer for everyone.

So the moral of the story is – talk to your employer to find out what your individual business provides.

Business Woman



Some topics to discuss with your employer are listed below.

  • Paid – unpaid leave
  • How many days?
  • Do you have to use your sick or personal days?
  • Can you take extended leaave if you have to take care of someone who is dying?


Obviously the best time to find out this information is before you need it. But let’s face it, for most of us it isn’t on our radar until we are dealing with it. Do not be afraid to ask your boss what your workplace provides.




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