Supporting people after sudden death including COVID-19

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News and views on all the latest developments in sudden bereavement care and support, with updates from bereavement professionals, Brake staff and volunteers. All views expressed are those of the contributor and do not necessarily represent those of Brake or its employees.
Apr
06

Bereavement challenges in a time of pandemic

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After a death from COVID-19, and after a death from any cause in a time of pandemic, there are bereavement challenges that are new and hard, for both bereaved people and their carers. In this blog, Sudden chief executive Mary Williams OBE discusses the impact of death on families and bereavement services at this time of COVID-19 and applauds the efforts of the bereavement NGO community to offer support.

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Apr
03

How do children respond to sudden deaths and trauma?

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After a traumatic event or sudden bereavement, children can react in very different ways. Several inter-relating factors that can influence how well a child copes. In this blog, bereavement expert Erica Brown discusses the impact that trauma can have on children, and provides advice on how children can best be supported.

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May
08

Dying Matters Awareness Week - What can you do?

Dying Matters Awareness Week - What can you do?

The period following any death is a difficult time, but a sudden death is particularly devastating for the loved ones of the person who has died. Those grieving find their lives have changed greatly, with no warning, and often little preparation. All deaths have an impact, but a sudden death brings its own unique set of issues.

Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017 focuses on the theme ‘What can you do?’. We are encouraging people to offer their support to people who have been bereaved – relatives, friends and colleagues – by helping them in practical ways and listening to them when they are ready to talk. 

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Apr
07

An overview of the Adult Attitude to Grief Scale and Range of Response to Loss Model

An overview of the Adult Attitude to Grief Scale and Range of Response to Loss Model

In this blog, bereavement expert Dr Linda Machin shares insights into her pioneering models of bereavement and grief, the Range of Response to Loss (RRL) model and Adult Attitude to Grief (AAG) scale, and provides an overview of how these approaches can be practically applied. 

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Mar
01

Widowed & Young – helping young widows and widowers cope with life after death

Widowed & Young – helping young widows and widowers cope with life after death

Losing a loved one at any age is incredibly difficult, and the sudden death of a partner at a young age can be particularly challenging. In this blog, Widowed & Young chairman Georgia Elms talks about the support that the charity was able to offer her following the sudden death of her husband. 

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Jan
30

Recognising the signs of PTSD and traumatic grief is essential – and we all have a part to play.

Recognising the signs of PTSD and traumatic grief is essential – and we all have a part to play.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic grief can have a debilitating impact on people who have been bereaved suddenly. In this first Sudden blog post, Dianne Yates, partner and personal injury specialist at Birchall Blackburn Law, overviews the importance of recognising the signs of PTSD and traumatic grief, and highlights some of the key symptoms that support professionals should be aware of. 

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