A sudden death is devastating for children and their families. There is no time to prepare or say goodbye. In many cases the death is violent and horrific, such as when someone is killed in a road crash, or dies by suicide. Often, the person who dies is a parent, brother or sister, leaving behind a bereft family.
Use the guidance below to help suddenly bereaved children of all ages through their terrible shock and grief and help them to lead full and happy lives again.
You can also order our free of charge book Someone has died suddenly, for suddenly bereaved children to read with a parent, guardian or other responsible adult.
Educators and teachers can ensure that they are prepared to support suddenly bereaved children by attending our Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people seminars.
Guidance on supporting suddenly bereaved children