Supporting people after sudden death including COVID-19

Charity provides free bereavement training for victim support professionals


Charity provides free bereavement training for victim support professionals

Brake, the road safety charity, is urging victim support professionals to attend its essential webinar on supporting suddenly bereaved people. The webinar will provide expert advice on the emotional and practical support that should be provided to people who have suffered a sudden bereavement under any circumstances. The webinar is free to attend, and provides an excellent opportunity for professionals to build on their understanding of sudden bereavement.

The webinar, entitled Understanding sudden bereavement: providing effective support to suddenly bereaved people, will explore psychological and academic understandings of bereavement, the range of emotional responses that can be experienced, and how to provide effective support to people throughout the bereavement process.

The webinar is being delivered by Sudden, a project coordinated by Brake. Following Brake’s extensive experience supporting families bereaved suddenly by road crashes, Sudden was founded as a project for sharing best practice in all types of sudden bereavement support among professionals. Sudden brings together academics, victim support professionals, and others to share and promote best practice.

This free of charge event will also discuss signs of complicated grief, and practical and legal issues people may face following a sudden death. The webinar is relevant to anyone working with children, young people and adults, and can be accessed online from any location with an internet connection.

At the end of the webinar there will also be an interactive question and answer session, providing professionals with an opportunity to discuss practical issues of bereavement support with a leading expert in the field.

The webinar, sponsored by Birchall Blackburn Law, will be held from 2pm – 3.30pm on Wednesday 27 April 2016.

This webinar is essential for any organisation or individual working with people who may be affected by sudden bereavement, including:

  • Teachers
  • Health professionals
  • Police
  • Chaplains
  • Social workers
  • Bereavement and family workers

As the webinar will be hosted online, this event also offers a fantastic opportunity for discussion on international best practice.

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Attendees can register for this webinar online or by calling +44 (0)1484 559909. The webinar is free of charge to attendees.

Jack Kushner, victim support events and marketing officer at Brake, says: “Sudden bereavement can take many forms, and is sadly a tragedy that many people have to face. Considering the traumatic impact that sudden bereavement can have, it is vital that people are provided with the correct support to help them through their bereavement. This webinar presents a fantastic opportunity for support workers and professionals to develop their knowledge of best practice, which will ensure that they can effectively support people through the shock and grief of bereavement. The webinar also provides a truly global approach, with the chance for professionals from around the world to discuss support that is provided to suddenly bereaved people. I would encourage anyone interested in supporting these people to attend this webinar and learn from experts and practitioners about providing effective sudden bereavement support.”

Dianne Yates, Birchall Blackburn Law Serious & Catastrophic Injury Partner, says: “We are delighted to be able to partner with Brake to provide this vital webinar on sudden bereavement support. This webinar is free of charge, offering an invaluable learning opportunity and making it accessible to all professionals working with suddenly bereaved people. I would thoroughly recommend anyone working in this field, including emergency services personnel, health professionals and counsellors, to attend this event. Through this webinar, we aim to continue the work of Brake’s Sudden project in sharing best practice, and ensuring that people impacted by any form of sudden bereavement have access to the best possible support. Events such as these play a vital role, and I am really proud of the role Birchall Blackburn Law can play in enabling this webinar”.


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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