Supporting people after sudden death including COVID-19

Advice for carers

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If you are caring for someone who has been suddenly bereaved, the following advice will help you to understand why a sudden bereavement is traumatic and challenging, and how the right support at the right time can help people recover and help prevent complex grief disorders such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from developing.

If you want advice on caring for someone bereaved by COVID-19, go to our COVID-19 bereavement pages.

The information below is relevant for people bereaved by any sudden cause and in a time of no pandemic. 

Sudden death is a traumatic and challenging experience

Every sudden death is unique, but all are traumatic and therefore challenging. Read more...

Dealing with shock and grief in the early days and weeks

Responses that commonly follow a sudden death and how to help bereaved people feel safe and supported during this time. Read more...

After some time: post-traumatic stress responses

How to identify post-traumatic stress responses, and appropriate treatment to enable a return to a full and happy life. Read more...

Viewing the body

How to give suddenly bereaved people information and advice to help them decide whether or not to view a body, and ensure any viewing is a positive experience. Read more...