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Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people July 2012

These seminars took place on 4 October 2012 in London, and on 3 July 2012 in Birmingham. They were kindly sponsored by Fentons Solicitors LLP

Sessions presented at both London and Birmingham seminars

Overview of Brake’s work supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people
Anna Watson, information and advocacy officer, Brake (presented in London)
Louise MacRae, senior information and advocacy officer, Brake (presented in Birmingham)

Legal support for families in the UK following a sudden death
Vijay Mehan, solicitor, Fentons Solicitors LLP (presented in London)
Nigel Smith, solicitor, Fentons Solicitors LLP (presented in Birmingham)

Bereavement and loss: children with special educational needs
Sue McDermott, national director, Rainbows GB

Cultural and religious issues for support workers
Imam Yunus Dudhwala, head of chaplaincy and bereavement services, Newham University Hospital

Additional sessions presented at London seminar

Case study
Paul Carvin, Brake volunteer and bereaved parent

Sudden bereavement: how young people are affected
Dr Alexandra Pitman, researcher, University College London

Additional sessions presented at Birmingham seminar

Case study
Olwen Sides, Brake volunteer and bereaved parent

The impact of sudden bereavement on children and young people
Erica Brown, Principal research fellow in palliative care, Coventry University