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.
Guidance on supporting suddenly bereaved children
- Support straight away
- Support after a couple of months or later
- Support at school
- Activities to help through a bereavement
- Child bereavement support organisations
Someone has died suddenly
You can also order our free children's book Someone has died suddenly and an accompanying guide for parents, guardians or other responsible adults to read with suddenly bereaved children.