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Death in the Family

Whether you are a Tufts employee or a family member, contact Tufts Support Services (TSS) by email or call 617-627-7000 as soon as possible after a family member dies. TSS staff can guide you through the claims process and answer questions about resources available to you and your family.

Benefit Changes
Find out how a death in the family affects your benefits and what you need to do.

Sympathy Days

You may be granted up to three days of paid leave following a death in your immediate family. This includes your spouse, qualified domestic partner, children (including stepchildren), daughter/son-in-law, mother/father-in-law, parent (including stepparent), brother or sister (including stepbrother and stepsister), brother/sister-in-law, grandparent, and grandchildren.

You may also request a sympathy leave through your supervisor for up to three days for the death of a family member or of an individual who lives with you.

Leaves of Absence
If you need additional time off, Tufts provides several options for taking a leave of absence.

Employee Assistance Program
Tufts offers confidential counseling services and other types of support through a trusted partner.