Bereavement leave is not a standard part of most companies leave policies. In some cases days off are not issued to attend funerals unless the deceased is closely related to the employee in some way. Other companies may deal with the matter by giving the employee an unpaid leave or deducting a day from their personal leave balance for the year. If you require a funeral leave, it is best to first consult with your superior or Human Resource department to get a better idea of exactly what the rules are for your company or department. In any case, you will need to inform your manager about your leave requirement. Below are templates you can use to convey your funeral leave request.
(Date letter submitted)
(Last name of Supervisor),
I would like to request a personal leave to attend the funeral of my (Relation to deceased). The funeral will be in (Location) and I will be flying out tonight. I expect to be gone from the office from (Starting date and return date). I will report back to work on (day you will be reporting to office for work).
I have several projects that I am currently working on and they will not be affected by my departure for (number of days) days. I will be available by phone during the leave and you can contact my any time for questions.
(Date letter sent)
(Supervisor's last name),
My (Relation to you) has passed away on (Date of death). I was very close to my (Relationship) as he helped raised me and my brothers. I would like to attend his funeral, which is taking place on (Date of funeral) in (Location of Funeral). I would like to ask for a leave of absence from (Dates of leave) so that I can pay my last respects. I will be back on the (Return Date).
I am currently working on (name of projects/duties) and my team including (Name of employees who can completed your tasks) can cover my work until I return. I will have my cell phone with me and can be contacted on that during working hours for any questions during my leave.