Supporting people after sudden death including COVID-19

Dr Linda Machin blog, Sudden events and updates on news and research - 10/04/17

New on the Sudden blog:

Our latest post on the Sudden blog comes courtesy of bereavement expert, Dr Linda Machin, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Keele. Linda shares insights into her two pioneering models of bereavement and grief, the Range of Response to Loss Model and Adult Attitude to Grief Scale. The blog also covers an overview of how these scales can be practically applied, alongside insights into future plans for development of the models.

This post can be found online here:
Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people seminars

Places are going fast on our Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people seminars, and we would encourage any interested professionals to sign up for these events soon. 

Attendees will benefit from expert guidance, from a range of expert academic speakers and practitioners, offering best practice advice on supporting bereaved children suffering from shock and grief.

Speakers at this event include:

Tuesday 27 June 2017 - Manchester
  • Professor Panos Vostanis, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Leicester
  • Dr Sarah James, Lecturer in Education, University of Hull
  • Mohammed Arshad, Muslim Chaplain, Bradford Teaching Hospital Trust
  • Shirley Potts, North Development Lead, Child Bereavement UK
Thursday 6 July 2017 - Birmingham
  • Erica Brown, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood, University of Worcester
  • Dr Sharon McDonnell, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Manchester
  • Rehanah Sadiq, Muslim Chaplain, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust 
Tuesday 18 July 2017 - London
  • Julie Ellison, Training Manager, Child Bereavement UK
  • Dr Jane McCarthy, Visiting Fellow, The Open University
  • Dr Russell Hurn, Head of Trauma and Clinical Lead at CHUMS, the Child Bereavement, Trauma and Emotional Wellbeing Service.
Upcoming Sudden webinars:

Bereavement under the spotlight
Tuesday 9 May 2017, 2pm - 3.30pm GMT, online

This crucial webinar will cover guidance and support for practitioners supporting people bereaved in high profile cases. Attendees at the event will benefit from an essential 'Meet the Expert' session with Dr Sallyanne Duncan, Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde. Sallyanne will discuss the positives and negatives of media engagement, and will provide advice on how bereaved families and individuals can best approach the media.

Supporting the supporter: vicarious trauma and support needs
Thursday 21 September 2017, 2pm - 3.30pm GMT, online. 

Vicarious trauma can present many of the same symptoms as direct trauma and PTSD, and it is vital that the correct support is offered to anyone suffering from the condition. This webinar will be led by Dr Keren Cohen, Head of Therapies and Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. Delegates at this event will be provided with input covering signs and symptoms of the condition, and also coping methods that professionals may be able to use to mitigate the effects of vicarious trauma.
News and research:

Suicide bereavement: Researchers from University College Cork have considered the physical and psychological effects of suicide bereavement on family members. Read more

Conflict related trauma: A study from the Freie Universität, Berlin has considered symptoms of individuals who have been exposed to trauma and bereavement. The study also sought to identify levels of prolonged grief disorder (PGD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read more.

Bereavement damages: Research conducted by the UK charity Widowed and Young has calculated that 75% of bereaved widows will be worse off, following changes to the bereavement damages system that were introduced on 6 April. Read more.
Many thanks to Birchall Blackburn Law for kindly sponsoring this bulletin.
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