The initiative, suddendeath.org, provides an online platform for sharing best practice, resources and research developments among professional across the world working with people who are suddenly bereaved.
The website was launched by Brake, the road safety charity, and has been developed thanks to help from Birchall Blackburn Law.
Jack Kushner, victim support events and marketing officer at Brake, the road safety charity, said: “Sudden deaths can tear apart families, leaving children without a mum, dad or sibling, parents without a child or individuals without a partner. Without proper support, sudden bereavement can have a catastrophic and traumatic impact; an unexpected death of someone close to you is life-changing.
“Brake has extensive frontline experience of delivering support services to people bereaved by road crashes, one of the main causes of sudden death. Through our Sudden initiative and website, we share best practice in supporting anyone who has been suddenly bereaved in any circumstances. This website is a crucial resource for all professionals supporting suddenly bereaved people, and thanks to kind support from Birchall Blackburn Law, we have been able to develop this essential initiative to ensure that as many people as possible receive a high level of support following a sudden bereavement.”
Dianne Yates, Partner and Head of Serious and Catastrophic Injury for Birchall Blackburn Law, says: “Brake’s Sudden website is a logical extension of its expertise and services, and we have no doubt that it is a vital resource for professionals and the public in cases of sudden death.
“We regularly see the impact of a sudden and unexpected death of a loved-one on family and friends. Although the experience is different for each person left behind, the consequences are always devastating. People are left feeling isolated, lost and traumatised. Life-long support is vital to help them cope.”
The Sudden website allows carers and professionals to access global guidance and best practice reports, resources and recordings from Brake seminars, webinars and conferences and information and signposting to other helpful organisations. Visitors can also sign up to a free mailing list for regular updates on the latest news, developments and Brake events.
To access the updated website simple go to www.suddendeath.org.