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  • Sudden death is devastating

    It tears apart families, leaving children without a mum, dad or sibling, parents without a child, or individuals without a partner. There is no time to prepare or say goodbye. Life is changed forever.

  • Sudden death is horrific

    People bereaved by sudden death suffer terribly. They are often left isolated, bewildered and traumatised, and need support to help them cope.

  • We provide literature to help families cope

    Sudden provides books and guides to help adults and children cope in the aftermath of a sudden death.

  • We help professionals support suddenly bereaved people

    Sudden shares global best practice and research through reports and events, to help professionals support people suddenly bereaved by any cause.

Supporting suddenly bereaved children

A sudden death is devastating for children and their families. There is no time to prepare or say goodbye. In many cases the death is violent and horrific, such as when someone is killed in a road crash, or dies by suicide. Often, the person who dies is a parent, brother or sister, leaving behind a bereft family.

Use the guidance below to help suddenly bereaved children of all ages through their terrible shock and grief and help them to lead full and happy lives again.

You can also order our free of charge book Someone has died suddenly, for suddenly bereaved children to read with a parent, guardian or other responsible adult. 

Educators and teachers can ensure that they are prepared to support suddenly bereaved children by attending our Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people seminars.

Guidance on supporting suddenly bereaved children

Amy and Tom Cover

    -   Support straight away

    -   Support after a couple of months or later
  
    -   Support at school

    -   Activities to help through a bereavement   
 
    -   Child bereavement support organisations