Supporting people after sudden death including COVID-19

News, research and child bereavement seminars - 24/03/17


Upcoming Sudden events:

We've got a range of seminars and webinars coming up this year. Events confirmed include:
  • 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 announce that Professor Panos Vostanis of the University of Leicester, and Dr Sarah James from the University of Hull, will be speaking at our Manchester seminar. The sessions will cover the impact that trauma can have on bereaved children and young people, and research on bereavement support and education that is provided in schools.

    We are also pleased to confirm that Dr Jane McCarthy, Visiting Fellow at the Open University, will be presenting at our London event. The full line up of speakers for all three of our upcoming seminars is available here. 
  • Supporting the supporter: vicarious trauma and support needs. Thursday 21 September 2017, 2pm - 3.30pm GMT, online. 

    Led by an expert academic, this essential webinar will cover best practice guidance on developing support networks that allow care givers to avoid vicarious trauma. Crucially, signs, symptoms and assessments for measuring the condition will also be discussed. Attendees will benefit from an exclusive 'Meet the Expert' session with Dr Keren Cohen, Head of Therapies and Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Suicide and inequality: Samaritans have released a report titled 'Dying from Inequality', exploring the relationship and connections between suicidal behaviour and socioeconomic disadvantage. Read the report.

Bereavement and loneliness: A study by the UK charity Independent Age has considered the impact of a bereavement on people aged 65 and over. The survey conducted by the charity identified that over half of respondents reported that they experienced loneliness after being bereaved. Read the study findings.

Complicated grief: Academics at the University of Girona have considered the relationship between complicated grief and substance use. The research found that symptoms of the condition were far higher among drug dependent patients, than in a control group. Read the research.

Bereavement from disasters: Researchers from Utrecht University have considered the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder, prolonged grief and depression in individuals who have been bereaved in a disaster. Read the research.

Sudden bereavement and stigma: A study conducted by academics at UCL has explored the relationship between stigma following a sudden bereavement, and subsequent suicidal behaviour. Read the research.

Stillbirth and bereavement care: Academics from the University of Bristol have published a review, considering best practice in bereavement care, following a stillbirth. Read the findings.

#MakeforMum: UK charity Child Bereavement UK has launched a new initiative, helping to raise awareness of the challenges that families face after a bereavement. The charity will also be supporting a range of events on 26 March, for bereaved families to celebrate and remember relatives on Mothering Sunday. Find out more.

Drug and alcohol bereavement: Charities Adfam and Cruse have teamed up to launch a new website, Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs. This website provides information, support and resources for anyone who has been bereaved through either alcohol or substance misuse. Find out more.  
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