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The cost of living has increased dramatically during the record inflation of the past year. The cost of dying – physically, logistically and emotionally – also has risen and is having an impact in the workplace.

“As a society, we often minimize the true extent of the challenge posed by the loss of a loved one, a universal experience that we will all encounter over the course of our lives,” says Ron Gura, cofounder and CEO of Empathy, a platform that helps families navigate the aftermath of losing a loved one. “There is a scarcity of social services for the recently bereaved, a general misunderstanding of how to approach those experiencing grief, scant realization of the administrative and financial burden that invariably accompanies grief and, on top all of that, a lack of sufficient bereavement policies in the workplace.”

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