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Road safety charity announce update to essential ‘Someone has died suddenly’ support book


Road safety charity announce update to essential ‘Someone has died suddenly’ support book

Brake, the road safety charity, has released an updated version of its vital ‘Someone has died suddenly’ children’s book, thanks to funding kindly provided by Co-op Funeralcare. This book is an ideal resource for anyone working with suddenly bereaved children, and is ideal for use in a school setting.

This essential book provides a great way for children and young people to be helped in understanding their strong emotions following a sudden death, and is designed to be read together by children and adult carers. Readers of the book follow the colourfully illustrated adventures of Amy and Tom, who have been bereaved suddenly and are recovering from their grief.

Sections in the book cover an introduction to death, shock and sadness, and also provide an overview of the various emotions children may experience following a sudden death. Essential information on what happens when someone dies, the roles of the emergency services, and various activities for children and adults to carry out are also included in the book.

Prepared in collaboration with bereavement specialists, the books also include practical information on procedures such as post-mortems, to ensure that children understand the processes following a death.

Included within the text is a workbook, which includes activities, resources and opportunities for children to discuss their feelings and memories of their loved ones. The book is accompanied by a complimentary guide for adults and carers, which offers advice and guidance for those providing support. Practical information, including a collection of useful support organisations, is also included within this guide.

For further information, and to order a copy of the book, please visit Brake’s online shop.

Jack Kushner, victim support events and marketing officer at Brake, the road safety, says: “Tragically, sudden bereavement is something that many young people will experience. It is essential that children are able to express their feelings, and be supported in comprehending the often complicated procedures that can follow a sudden death. This book provides an essential way for children to understand their strong emotions after a sudden bereavement, and offers a great way for adults and carers to facilitate difficult conversations. Our ‘Someone has died suddenly’ books are a vital part of our support service literature, and we would encourage all carers and adults responsible for providing support for suddenly bereaved children to order a copy of these books. We are incredibly grateful to funding kindly provided by Co-op Funeralcare, without which this essential resource would not be possible.”

David Collingwood, Head of Operations at Co-op Funeralcare commented: “We are so pleased to have been able to support Brake with these ‘Someone has died suddenly’ books. It is a sad reality that so many children are bereaved each year and it is so important that teachers, support workers and practitioners have the tools and the guidance to help and support children to open up and deal with their grief.”


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.

Follow Brake on TwitterFacebook, or The Brake Blog.

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. 

Follow Sudden on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Co-op Funeralcare:
Co-op Funeralcare is the UK’s leading funeral director and part of the Co-op Group, the UK’s largest co-op business, whose purpose is “Championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities.”