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Help for adults

Being suddenly bereaved is a shattering experience. If you have been suddenly bereaved or work with suddenly bereaved people, you can use Sudden's online guide on coping with sudden death below. This has been prepared based on best practice guidance from bereavement and trauma academics and practitioners.

You can also download the PDF of our guide about coping with sudden death.

Coping with Sudden Death 

heart At the beginning: coping with the shock
This page gives advice on coping with the shock when you find out that someone close to you has suddenly died.

heartThe first few weeks: challenging thoughts and reactions  
This page helps you understand the difficult, and challenging, thoughts and reactions you may suffer from in the first weeks of your bereavement.

heartThe first few weeks: advice on coping    
This page provides straightforward advice on how to cope with difficult thoughts and reactions during the first weeks of your bereavement.

heartAfter a month: seeking help for traumatic grief and post-traumatic stress
Some people recover fully and quickly. But it is normal for many people to suffer continued reactions. Learn about these reactions and seek help.  

heartProcedures and paperwork  
A sudden death is accompanied by often unfamiliar procedures, at a difficult time. This page helps you prepare for them.