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News and views on all the latest developments in sudden bereavement care and support, with updates from researchers, support professionals and Brake staff and volunteers. All views expressed are those of the contributor and do not necessarily represent those of Brake or its employees.

Dying Matters Awareness Week - What can you do?

Dying Matters Awareness Week - What can you do?

The period following any death is a difficult time, but a sudden death is particularly devastating for the loved ones of the person who has died. Those grieving find their lives have changed greatly, with no warning, and often little preparation. All deaths have an impact, but a sudden death brings its own unique set of issues.

Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017 focuses on the theme ‘What can you do?’. We are encouraging people to offer their support to people who have been bereaved – relatives, friends and colleagues – by helping them in practical ways and listening to them when they are ready to talk.

So… What can you do?

Everyone grieves differently; however, it is more common after a sudden bereavement for a person to experience intense grief and more extreme emotions, due to the lack of warning.

If you know someone who has been suddenly bereaved, be aware that they may feel scared, vulnerable and angry, but they will also need support. You could support them in practical ways, by offering a lift, helping them around the house, doing their shopping or cooking, or offer to spend time with them in a place where they feel safe and comfortable.

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An overview of the Adult Attitude to Grief Scale and Range of Response to Loss Model

An overview of the Adult Attitude to Grief Scale and Range of Response to Loss Model

In this blog, bereavement expert Dr Linda Machin shares insights into her pioneering models of bereavement and grief, the Range of Response to Loss (RRL) model and Adult Attitude to Grief (AAG) scale, and provides an overview of how these approaches can be practically applied.

Range of Response to Loss (RRL)

In my research and practice into bereavement, I have observed a wide range of experiences and expressions of grief [1].

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Recognising the signs of PTSD and traumatic grief is essential – and we all have a part to play.

Recognising the signs of PTSD and traumatic grief is essential – and we all have a part to play.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic grief can have a debilitating impact on people who have been bereaved suddenly. In this first Sudden blog post, Dianne Yates, partner and personal injury specialist at Birchall Blackburn Law, overviews the importance of recognising the signs of PTSD and traumatic grief, and highlights some of the key symptoms that support professionals should be aware of.

The months and weeks following an unexpected and sudden bereavement can be incredibly overwhelming and confusing for a bereaved family.

Support and guidance from professionals such as emergency service workers and funeral directors can be vital in the hours, weeks and months that follow a sudden bereavement, playing a crucial role in helping mitigate the immediate shock and raw emotions that follow an unexpected death.

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