Supporting people after sudden death including COVID-19

Tools and reports

Read reports and watch webcasts from seminars and webinars hosted by Sudden in recent years. Most events were held in the UK, and are likely to have UK references in them; but are relevant to anyone caring for someone who has been suddenly bereaved. 

Supporting after sudden death

Help when the worst happens
report (pdf)
This report discusses how to meet the needs of people bereaved in challenging circumstances.

Understanding sudden bereavement: providing effective support 
webcast
This webinar explored the emotional and practical support needs people may have following a sudden death. 

Supporting families following sudden bereavement 
webcast

This seminar covered practical support methods for practitioners working with individuals and families who have been suddenly bereaved. 

Early interventions following a sudden bereavement 
paper
Presented by Stephen Regel OBE, Principal psychotherapist and director, Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth

Children and young people 

Supporting families following sudden bereavement 
paper (pdf) 

Cultural and religious issues and supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people.

Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people
report
Supporting children with special educational needs, supporting bereaved children in school, an overview of the effects of trauma on children, and legal and financial support for families. 

Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people 
report

Supporting pre-school children, supporting children bereaved by suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder, and legal support for families.   

Supporting the supporter

Supporting the supporter - vicarious trauma and support needs 
paper
Presented by Dr Keren Cohan, Goldsmiths, University of London

Thursday 21 September 2017
Supporting the supporter: vicarious trauma and support needs 
webcast
This event included an extensive input session from Dr Keren Cohen, Senior Lecturer and Head of Therapies at Goldsmiths, University of London

Substance misuse and traumatic grief 

Substance misuse and traumatic grief 
paper

Presented by Lorna Templeton, Independent Research Consultant

Substance misuse and traumatic grief 
webcast
This webcast of a webinar provided an overview of support available for people affected by substance misuse, and the support needs of people bereaved by substance or alcohol use. 

PTSD following sudden death 

Post-traumatic stress disorder in children and young people 
paper
David Trickey, lead consultant clinical psychologist, Child Bereavement, Trauma and Wellbeing Service (CHUMS) 

Meet the expert: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder following sudden bereavement 
paper 
Presented by Stephen Regel OBE, Principal psychotherapist and director, Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth

High-profile bereavements   

Bereavement under the spotlight - supporting people suddenly bereaved in high profile cases 
paper

Dr Sallyanne Duncan, University of Strathclyde

Bereavement under the spotlight – supporting people suddenly bereaved in high profile cases 
webcast

This webcast of a webinar covers best practice guidance in supporting families and individuals who have been bereaved in cases that have attracted media attention.   

Supporting when there are learning disabilities (papers and webcasts)  

Supporting bereaved people with learning disabilities 
paper

Presented by Professor Sue Read, University of Keele

Supporting bereaved people with additional needs 
webcast
This webcast of a webinar featured input from a Brake volunteer, and Sue Read, Professor of Learning Disability Nursing at the University of Keele.    

Children and young people (presentations from our events) 

Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people - London seminar report  
2018 presentations
This seminar included speakers from the University of Hull, Child Bereavement UK and Barts Health NHS Trust. 

Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people - Birmingham seminar report 
2018 presentations

This seminar featured speakers from Edward's Trust, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Winston's Wish. 

Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people - Manchester seminar report 
2018 presentations
This seminar featured speakers from Child Bereavement UK, Rainbows GB and Winston's Wish. 

Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people - London 
2017 presentations 

This event included speakers from Child Bereavement UK, CHUMS and the Open University. 

Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people - Birmingham 
2017 presentations 
This event covered guidance in supporting young people and children after sudden bereavement. 

Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people - Manchester 
2017 presentations 
This seminar overviewed best practice and advice in supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people. 

Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people 
2016 presentations 
These seminars covered effective support methods for children and young people who have been suddenly bereaved.   

Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people 
2016 presentations

Supporting children bereaved by suicide, supporting bereaved children with special educational needs, and legal support for families.