Supporting people after sudden death including COVID-19

Sudden blog, plus updates on news and research - 13/02/17

Sudden blog:

We are delighted to announce that our new Sudden blog is now live on our website. The first post on this blog comes courtesy of Sudden partner Birchall Blackburn Law, and covers the importance of identifying signs and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Grief following sudden bereavement. The blog can be found online here:

Sudden death gene: Figures released by the British Heart Foundation have warned that 620,000 people in the UK possess a faulty gene, that potentially puts them at risk of sudden death, cardiac arrest or heart attacks. Read the full story

Bereavement payment review: Research from UK charity Childhood Bereavement Network has highlighted that 91% of widowed parents will be supported for a shorter period of time under the new system of bereavement payment. Changes to the system, which will be introduced on 6 April 2017, will see the previous three-tier approach replaced by a single payment. One major change that will be seen is the replacement of the Widowed Parent’s Allowance.

It is estimated that this change will leave 75% of bereaved parents worse off than prior to the death of their partner, with the average family predicted to receive £12,000 less in financial support under the new legislation. Parents who were not married will also not be supported under the new system, which is predicted to save £40 million a year from 2020. Find out more

Complicated grief study: A review from Aarhus University, considering the prevalence of complicated grief, has identified that one in ten bereaved adults are at risk of suffering from prolonged grief disorder. Read the review

Parental bereavement: Research has explored the challenges that parents may face in the first six months following the loss of their child, using the Adaptive Leadership Framework. Find out more
Upcoming Sudden events:

We have a wide range of webinars and seminars coming up in 2017. Confirmed events include:
  • Supporting people bereaved in high profile cases. Tuesday 9 May 2017, 2pm - 3.30pm GMT, online. 

    This essential webinar will cover guidance and support for professionals working with people who have been suddenly bereaved in cases attracting media attention. Led by academics and practitioners, this event will cover both guidance on approaching and working with the media, and also advice on specific support needs that those bereaved in high profile cases may have.

  • Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people seminars. Tuesday 27 June, Manchester (UK), Thursday 6 July, Birmingham (UK) and Tuesday 18 July, London (UK). 

    New speaker announcements: 

    We are delighted to confirm that Erica Brown, Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies at Worcester University and Rehanah Sadiq, Muslim Chaplain at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham will be speaking at our Birmingham Child Bereavement Seminar. Our full line up of speakers for all these events can be found online here.
Many thanks to Birchall Blackburn Law for kindly sponsoring this bulletin.
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