Businesses Tackling End-of-Life Issues

Company initiatives dealing with terminal illness can ease employees’ minds and lower health costs.

More companies are helping employees deal with end-of-life issues. As the population ages, workers are more likely to struggle with terminal illnesses -- either their own or one affecting a family member. Pitney Bowes, General Electric, IBM, PepsiCo and Tyco International are among employers that offer support of various kinds, including flexible work hours, access to legal and financial advice, and information on hospice care, grief counseling and caregiver support groups.

The goal of employers with such programs is to help workers plan ahead and make informed decisions about the future, says Pam Kalen of the National Business Group on Health, which is developing a tool kit for employers interested in setting up a program.

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Martha Lynn Craver
Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter