Supporting people after sudden death including COVID-19

The Sudden Blog

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.
Stephanie Owens is communications and marketing officer at the Dying Matters Coalition, and National Council for Palliative Care. Stephanie has worked in communications for healthcare charities for a number of years, and feels strongly about raising awareness of the importance of conversation around death and dying.
Vicky Anning has over a decade of experience in charity communications, and is currently Communications Manager at the support charity Widowed & Young (WAY). Prior to her position at WAY, Vicky also has worked on projects for UNICEF, international NGO Camfed and the Catholic international development charity CAFOD. Alongside holding various positio...ns in the third sector, Vicky also has experience in journalism and working as a book editor. More
Linda began her career as a medical social worker, and from this experience developed an interest in bereavement. Following this, she began to conduct pioneering research into bereavement for the Anglican diocese of Lichfield. These findings led to the development of published material on grief, and the setting up of a service for the bereaved, Ber...eavement Care (now the Dove Service) in North Staffordshire. An academic career followed at Keele University, with Linda teaching on both social work and counselling courses. She has an MA and PhD for her research into bereavement and is now an Honorary Research Fellow at Keele University. Throughout her career, Linda has conducted a range of research into bereavement care and grief, and continues to do so. Her book Working with Loss and Grief is used extensively in health and social care settings. In this blog, Linda discusses how she developed the RRL model and AAG scale, and provides an overview of how these approaches can be practically applied More
Partner, Birchall Blackburn Law. With more than 20 years legal experience, Dianne heads up the Serious and Catastrophic Injury team at Birchall Blackburn Law. Dianne has a formidable reputation in the legal world, particularly for working for the ‘underdog’ and those without the resources to fight for their rights.
Erica is a qualified teacher and has worked in a variety of roles in the Education and University Sectors. She has experience of teaching Early Years classes and has worked as a Senior Teacher, Head of Department and Head Teacher in Special Schools.   Erica’s academic career has included roles as Senior Lecturer, Principal Lecturer and... Principal Research Fellow. She has also worked as Head of Research and Development of Care at Acorns Children’s Hospice and Head of Special Education at Oxford Brookes University.   Erica’s recent research interests have involved supporting children and families who are experiencing loss, and in 2012 she was made a fellow of The Royal Society of Arts in recognition of her work with life-limited children, young people and their families. More