Based on my experience working with those who have had to cope with a death in the workplace, the following chart shows subjective indicators of how these various factors typically amplify co-workers' grief:
|Away from work||+|
|Witnessed by co-worker||+|
|Purposeful at hands of another||+|
|Intimate (lover, friend)||++|
|Length of service|
In other words, a suicide by a relatively young employee that occurs suddenly at work and is witnessed by a co-worker who has been a close friend for a relatively long period of time will be much more traumatic than will be the death of an older, terminally ill acquaintance who has been with the organization for a short period of time. In the more traumatic situations, individual counseling and/or critical incidence de-briefing will probably be necessary for the long-term health of the employee(s).