Supporting people after sudden death including COVID-19

Essential online victim support webinar provides engaging training opportunity


Essential online victim support webinar provides engaging training opportunity

Brake, the road safety charity, is delighted with the popularity of its recent Understanding sudden bereavement: providing effective support to suddenly bereaved people webinar.

The webinar, which sold out and reached a global audience of victim support professionals, featured an extensive input session from bereavement specialist Dr Linda Machin. The interactive online event saw professionals expand their knowledge and understanding of sudden bereavement, and provided a unique opportunity for attendees from across the globe to present questions to an expert in the field.

Attendees were provided with an overview of two internationally applied models, the ‘Adult Attitude to Grief Scale’ and the ‘Range of Response to Loss’ model.  

Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive; the audience praised the event for providing the opportunity to discuss best practice and learn from an expert. Thanks to kind support from Birchall Blackburn Law, the event was provided free of charge, and Brake is delighted with the level of engagement that the webinar was able to achieve.

A recording of the webinar is now available on Brake’s YouTube page, for any interested individuals or organisations who were unable to attend the event.

The webinar was delivered by Sudden, a project coordinated by Brake. Following this successful webinar, Brake has a variety of essential training events upcoming this year. These include the crucial Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people seminars, which will bring together academics, educators and victim support practitioners.

These essential seminars provide a vital insight in to how practioners can support children and young people through the shock and grief of sudden bereavement, with attendees presented with a unique opportunity to discuss case studies, learn from a Brake volunteer and enhance their knowledge of best practice.

Our Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people seminars are being held in central Manchester on Thursday 30 June 2016, and London on Wednesday 13 July 2016. Find out more and book your place today here.

Jack Kushner, victim support events and marketing officer at Brake, says: “Providing essential training opportunities such as this webinar is something we are very proud of, and we are delighted that this vital webinar has reached such a global audience. Thanks to input from our expert speaker, Dr Linda Machin, attendees have been offered a fantastic opportunity to develop their knowledge of best practice and engage in international discussion. Through hosting this webinar on YouTube, we are hopeful that a global audience will benefit from the event.

I would also encourage all support professionals, educators and practioners to attend one of ourSupporting suddenly bereaved children and young people seminars. These events provide a great training opportunity, and ensure that those who are able to provide support following the traumatic impact of a bereavement have received the best possible training.”

Dianne Yates, Birchall Blackburn Law Serious & Catastrophic Injury Partner, says: “We are delighted to have been able to support this vital, global event, and are pleased that the webinar reached such a widespread international audience. Enabling crucial events such as this webinar is something we are very proud of at Birchall Blackburn, and I would encourage all professionals and practioners who were unable to attend on the day to view the webinar on Brake’s YouTube page. It was fascinating to hear from Dr Linda Machin, and I am sure that her expert advice and knowledge will have been incredibly beneficial to all attendees of this event.”


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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