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Road safety charity to release essential free of charge ‘Someone has died suddenly’ e-book


Brake, the road safety charity, is delighted to announce that its essential ‘Someone has died suddenly’ children’s book is now available as a free of charge e-book. Both the physical copy of the book and its accompanying guide, plus the e-book, are available for free to families and professionals.

The book can be accessed on any kindle, iPad or other e-reading device, and is available to download from Brake’s online shop. Produced in collaboration with bereavement experts and organisations, the book is a valuable resource for anyone supporting and caring for suddenly bereaved children. It can be used by parents and carers or within a school setting.

Readers of the colourfully illustrated text follow the story of Amy and Tom, two children who have been suddenly bereaved. Included within the text are sections covering varying emotional reactions children may experience following a sudden loss, and practical information on death, grief and the processes that follow a bereavement.

An interactive section is also included which contains a number of activities that bereaved children and their adult carers can complete together. Crucially, the book is also accompanied by a supporting guide with advice for parents, teachers and support workers on how best to use the book to help suddenly bereaved children.

Following the launch of the free books, Brake will be releasing a free of charge suite of resources for teachers and school staff later in the year. New resources will include bereavement policies for primary schools and guidance about best practice when supporting suddenly bereaved children. Sign up to Sudden’s bulletin today to be the first to hear about the release of the new resources. 

For further information, and to order free of charge copies of the book, please visit Brake’s online shop.

Jack Kushner, victim support events and marketing officer at Brake, the road safety, says: “A sudden bereavement can have a traumatic impact on children and young people. It is therefore vital that children are provided with resources, which allow them to express their feelings following the shock of a sudden death. With research showing that up to 92% of people under the age of 16 have experienced a significant bereavement, Brake is proud to be able to provide this essential, free of charge resource. Our ‘Someone has died suddenly’ book is a great resource for children, parents, carers and support workers, and we would encourage any adult responsible for supporting bereaved children to order a free of charge copy of this book.”


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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