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Road safety charity brings vital bereavement support seminar to Scotland


Road safety charity brings vital bereavement support seminar to Scotland

Brake, the road safety charity, with the support of Thompsons Solicitors, is encouraging all support professionals and practitioners to attend its essential seminar on supporting suddenly bereaved families and individuals. This crucial event will provide vital information for all support workers caring for families, individuals and children who have been suddenly and traumatically bereaved.

This vital seminar will explore the emotional and practical support needs of people who have been suddenly bereaved in any circumstances, and will offer an excellent professional development opportunity for all attendees.

This ‘Supporting families following sudden bereavement’ seminar is being run by Sudden, a project coordinated by Brake, and will give a crucial insight into how practitioners and support workers can best assist families through the shock and grief of a sudden bereavement. Attendees will be offered an excellent professional development opportunity, and will be provided with a unique opportunity to discuss best practice and to learn from a variety of academic experts and field leaders. 

Traumatic bereavement expert and Director of Nottingham’s Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth, Professor Steven Regel, will lead the seminar, running an exclusive half day ‘Meet the Expert’ session. Stephen has over 30 years’ experience in working with trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and his time is divided between clinical, teaching and research activities.

Thanks to funding kindly provided by Thompsons Solicitors, Brake is able to offer places to this seminar at a reduced price of just £40+ VAT. This not-for-profit seminar will take place at the Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh on Tuesday 6 December 2016.

Practitioners and academics specialising in sudden bereavement will discuss:

  • Insights into how individuals, children and families experience and express grief
  • An overview of early intervention, and guidance on best practice in providing long-term empathetic support to families, individuals and children to aid their recovery
  • A common-sense approach to helping children, young people and families deal with the horrendous shock of sudden death
  • Signposting to a range of services, organisations and resources that are available for support workers and practitioners working with suddenly bereaved families and individuals 

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Jack Kushner, victim support events and marketing officer at Brake, the road safety charity, says: “Tragically, sudden bereavement is a horror that many people have to face, and one that can have a shocking and traumatic effect on families. Without proper support, a sudden death can have a catastrophic impact; it is therefore essential that all those responsible for providing support in such an emotional and difficult time are able to provide fully encompassing care. Sudden bereavement can cause a devastating ripple effect, but with the correct preparation and training, educators and support professionals can play a crucial role in ensuring that families are well supported through their shock and grief. I would implore anyone who works with families, children or young people to attend this essential seminar, which offers a unique opportunity for attendees to improve their knowledge of best practice in providing effective support, from a range of experts and practitioners.’

Patrick McGuire, partner at Thompsons, says: “My years of experience in representing individuals devastated by sudden bereavement has left me all too aware of the traumatic effect that this can have. Tragically, a sudden death can cause a devastating ripple effect, and can result in widespread trauma in increasingly complex and extended families. Alongside causing catastrophic and shocking grief, a death can also have extensive legal and financial repercussions, making fully encompassing support vital. Thompsons are proud to be working alongside Brake on this important event, which brings professionals together in their shared drive to help bereaved families.”


Notes for editors:

Brake is a national road safety charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaignscommunity education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

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Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

Sudden is a project run by Brake that helps people who have been bereaved by any kind of sudden death. Sudden believes people bereaved by sudden death suffer terribly and have acute support needs. We also believe these people have a right to recover and lead a full and happy life again. Sudden provides emotional support and practical help to suddenly bereaved people to enable this recovery.

Sudden runs a free membership scheme for anyone caring for someone who has been suddenly bereaved, such as police family liaison officers, health professionals, or teachers. Sudden is a project developed by Brake, the road safety charity. Road crashes are one of the biggest causes of sudden death. Brake has extensive experience of providing support to families bereaved suddenly through its support services for families bereaved by road crashes. 

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