We understand that people bereaved by sudden death suffer terribly – whether it’s through a road crash, suicide, disaster, war, accident, communicable disease such as COVID-19, or undiagnosed medical reasons. They are often left isolated, bewildered and traumatised and need specialist support to help them cope and move forwards with their lives.
Sudden is a global charitable initiative for suddenly bereaved people and the people caring for them. We aim to help ease the suffering of people bereaved by any kind of sudden death.
We do this by offering:
- Free advice on this site about coping with a sudden bereavement
- Free bulletins for professionals
- Online guidance for carers
- Papers and reports for professionals
- Seminars, training and webinars
- Support literature for bereaved adults and children
"People sometimes underestimate the importance and the power of simple social support from people around them, such as their family. Sudden bereavement can feel scary and lonely, and having someone you know, love and trust with you can make a big difference. 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, simply by being there for each other."
David Trickey, consultant clinical psychologist, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families