Supporting people after sudden death including COVID-19

Research, news and initiatives - 28/04/17


Suicide and stigma: Researchers from the University of Cagliari have considered the relationship between stigmatising attitudes and suicide, finding that challenging stigma towards mental health disorders will be important to reducing suicide rates. Find out more

Complicated grief: Academics from the University of Nevada and University of Memphis have undertaken research into relations between causes of death and complicated grief.
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Perinatal bereavement: A study has investigated levels of complicated grief in perinatally bereaved mothers, finding that these were far higher than in other bereaved populations. Find out more.

Childhood adversity and suicide: Researchers using Swedish population data have explored the relationship between childhood adversity and suicide risk. Find out more.

Financial and practical impact of bereavement: A study published in the BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care journal has considered the financial and practical impact of the death of a partner, finding that 69% of those surveyed felt either financially or practically unprepared for the bereavement. Find out more.

Grief and bereavement: Prince Harry has been praised by organisations including the Royal College of Psychiatrists and mental health charity Mind, for his open discussion about his decision to seek counselling for grief he experienced following his mother's death. Find out more.

Bereavement benefits: Widowed parents have held a protest outside of the Houses of Parliament, raising awareness of the impact of changes to the bereavement benefit system. Find out more.
Events and initiatives:

Dying Matters Awareness Week: This year's Dying Matters Awareness Week will be held from 8-14 May, and will be run on the theme of 'What Can You Do?'. Throughout the week, the organisation will be running a variety of awareness raising events. Find out more.
Upcoming Sudden events:
Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people seminars; Manchester, Tuesday 27 June, Birmingham Thursday 6 July and London Tuesday 18 July

These crucial seminars will include input from a range of practitioners, field leaders and academic experts, specialising in best practice support and care for suddenly bereaved children and young people.

Find out more and register your place today.
Bereavement under the spotlight webinar; Tuesday 9 May 2017, 2pm - 3.30pm GMT, online
Featuring a 'Meet the Expert' session with the University of Strathclyde's Dr Sallyanne Duncan, this free-of-charge webinar will cover guidance and support in approaching and interacting with the media following a sudden bereavement. 

Find out more and register your place today.
Supporting the supporter: vicarious trauma and support needs; Thursday 21 September 2017, 2pm - 3.30pm GMT, online

This essential event will include input provided by expert speaker Dr Keren Cohen, Head of Therapies and Senior Lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London. Attendees at this webinar will benefit from a discussion of how care givers can best avoid vicarious trauma, and common signs and symptoms of the condition.

Find out more and register your place today.
Sudden blog

Our most recent post on the Sudden blog comes from Dr Linda Machin, Honorary Research Fellow at Keele University. In the piece, Linda discusses how she developed her models of grief and bereavement, the Adult Attitude to Grief Scale and Range of Response to Loss model. Find out more and read the blog.

Catch up with our first post, from Birchall Blackburn's Dianne Yates.
Many thanks to Birchall Blackburn Law for kindly sponsoring this bulletin.
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