Supporting people after sudden death including COVID-19

  • We help when the worst happens 

    When there was little or no time to prepare or say goodbye.  

    Helpline 0800 121 6510  

  • We know the shock

    When someone we love dies unexpectedly from medical causes such as COVID-19 or a heart attack.

    Helpline 0800 121 6510  

  • We know the horror

    When someone we love dies in a violent or sudden way such as a transport or natural disaster, crime, or at work.

    Helpline 0800 121 6510  

  • Bereavement at a time of COVID-19

    Sudden is here to help people bereaved at this challenging time, and those caring for them.

    Helpline 0800 121 6510  

  • Helping bereaved children

    We help you to help children who are bereaved suddenly.

    Helpline 0800 121 6510  

What we do

Read Help when the worst happens, an urgent report on meeting the needs of people bereaved in challenging circumstances.

We support people bereaved by sudden death. There are many causes of sudden death. COVID-19, other communicable diseases or undiagnosed medica conditions, suicide, road crashes, terrorism and conflict, natural disasters and drownings, and accidents in the workplace and home. 

People bereaved by sudden death are in shock, grieving and have often witnessed or suffered a traumatic event. They may be isolated. They may be  facing many immediate, practical challenges that are bewildering and overwhelming. 

Sudden is a charitable initiative for suddenly bereaved people and the people caring for them. Our mission is to ease the suffering of people bereaved by any kind of sudden death.

We achieve our mission through helping people who are suddenly bereaved, and helping the people who care for them.

We know that helping people to help themselves, through early, supportive and practical support, can reduce the chance of people developing long term chronic conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

We deliver our work by:

Our work is informed by academic and practitioner evidence. 

"People sometimes underestimate the importance and the power of simple, social support. Families may not be able to do anything to change the death, but there is a great deal they can do to help each other through the difficult times."

David Trickey, consultant clinical psychologist, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London