Supporting people after sudden death including COVID-19

About Sudden

People bereaved by sudden death suffer terribly – whether it’s through COVID-19 or another communicable disease or undiagnosed medical reason, suicide, a road crash, natural disaster, war or terrorism, or an accident such as drowning or in the workplace. They are often left isolated, bewildered and traumatised and need specialist support to help them cope and move forwards with their lives. The good news is that with early, professional support people bereaved suddenly stand a much better chance of not developing debilitating conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

Sudden is a charitable initiative for suddenly bereaved people and the people caring for them.

The vision of Sudden is a world where everyone suddenly bereaved gets the help they need at a time of darkness to move forwards to a brighter day. Our mission is to ease the suffering of people bereaved by any kind of sudden death. 

covid 19 bereavement logoDuring the current pandemic we are focussed on supporting people bereaved by COVID-19 and all people suddenly bereaved by other causes and who are suffering from the pandemic challenges of isolation during 'lock downs' and challenges of restrictions: restrictions on visiting people before they die, being close to their bodies, and memorialising in normal gatherings.

Sudden's objectives

  • To help suddenly bereaved people access free information, advice and guidance to ease their suffering and help them cope with their grief.
  • To help suddenly bereaved people access specialist care and support after their bereavement.
  • To increase awareness and understanding of the suffering of suddenly bereaved people and their support needs.
  • To help professionals and carers provide best practice services for suddenly bereaved people that meet their support needs, by sharing guidance, initiatives and research and running training, networking and professional development opportunities.
  • To support and encourage partnerships and sharing of best practice between organisations caring for specific groups of suddenly bereaved people, such as murder victims, suicide victims, and road death victims.

Sudden's work

Who runs Sudden?

Sudden is an initiative hosted by the road safety charity Brake. Brake operates an acclaimed case-management service for people suddenly bereaved by road crashes in the UK. The service is centrally managed over the phone by professional case workers, and helps bereaved people within their communities over lengthy periods through emotional support, practical advice, and advocacy and access to local services. The charity consequently has a wealth of practice knowledge about running centralised services for suddenly bereaved people.