Read Help when the worst happens, an urgent report on meeting the needs of people bereaved in challenging circumstances.
We support people bereaved by sudden death. There are many causes of sudden death. COVID-19, other communicable diseases or undiagnosed medica conditions, suicide, road crashes, terrorism and conflict, natural disasters and drownings, and accidents in the workplace and home.
People bereaved by sudden death are in shock, grieving and have often witnessed or suffered a traumatic event. They may be isolated. They may be facing many immediate, practical challenges that are bewildering and overwhelming.
Sudden is a charitable initiative for suddenly bereaved people and the people caring for them. Our mission is to ease the suffering of people bereaved by any kind of sudden death.
We achieve our mission through helping people who are suddenly bereaved, and helping the people who care for them.
We know that helping people to help themselves, through early, supportive and practical support, can reduce the chance of people developing long term chronic conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
We deliver our work by:
- Providing advice on coping with a sudden bereavement
- Offering specialist support at this time for people bereaved by COVID-19
- Support literature for bereaved adults and children
- Free bulletins for professionals
- Online guidance for carers
- Papers and reports for professionals
- Seminars, training and webinars
Our work is informed by academic and practitioner evidence.
"People sometimes underestimate the importance and the power of simple, social support. Families may not be able to do anything to change the death, but there is a great deal they can do to help each other through the difficult times."
David Trickey, consultant clinical psychologist, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London