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Road safety charity launch vital new bereavement support blog


Road safety charity launch vital new bereavement support blog

Brake, the road safety charity, are delighted to announce that a new blog, featured on the charity’s Sudden initiative website, will be launched in January 2017. Sudden is an initiative that was developed to assist people following a sudden bereavement, by sharing best practice, the latest developments in research and resources among professionals providing bereavement support.

This blog will share updates from academics, support professionals and bereavement practitioners, and will provide the opportunity for experts to engage in discussions around all the latest updates in sudden bereavement support, and for global contributors to air their views.

Jack Kushner, victim support events and marketing officer for Brake, the road safety charity, said: “We’ve been delighted with how the Sudden project has developed over the past 12 months, and a blog seemed like the next natural step to take. The importance of conversation and open discussion about bereavement have been continually highlighted through our work in 2016, and we’re really excited to see how this blog can further develop our interactions through 2017 and beyond. We’re hoping that this blog can become a great space for discussion of research, developments and support guidance, and look forward to seeing thought provoking views and articles.”

The Sudden initiative website has been developed with support from Birchall Blackburn Law.

Dianne Yates, Partner, Serious & Catastrophic Injury for Birchall Blackburn Law LLP, said: “Through our work supporting people who have been suddenly bereaved, we regularly see how traumatic the impact of an unexpected death can be. Without the correct support, a sudden bereavement can be devastating, and Birchall Blackburn Law are proud to support the Sudden website, which enables support professionals to access a range of essential resources, to ensure they are able to offer the most fully encompassing support. This blog offers a great opportunity for discussion and awareness raising of the experiences of people suddenly bereaved, and I’m sure this blog will become an excellent resource for all support professionals.”

The Sudden blog will be launched in January 2017. 

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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