Free online seminar to help provide effective support to suddenly bereaved people

sudden_brake logosBrake, the road safety charity, is running a free webinar on Wednesday April 27 between 2pm and 3.30pm (GMT) to discuss the acute support needs of people bereaved suddenly.

Supported by Birchall Blackburn Law and under the title of ‘Understanding sudden bereavement: providing effective support to suddenly bereaved people’, the seminar will be presented by Dr Linda Machin PhD and will take place online.

The online format allows participants in different locations across the UK, and world, to see and hear the presentation, ask questions and discuss sudden bereavement using their computer, tablet or smartphone.

Jack Kushner, victim support events and marketing officer at Brake, says:  “Sudden bereavement can take many forms, and is sadly a tragedy that many people have to face. Therefore, it is essential for those who are able to provide support to have received the best possible training.

“This webinar provides a fantastic professional development opportunity for support workers and professionals from all around the world, and offers a unique chance for practitioners to discuss best practice with a field leader. We are very grateful for Birchall Blackburn Law’s kind support for this event, which has enabled us to run the webinar free of charge, and to engage a widespread, international audience.”

People bereaved suddenly have specific and specialist support needs. The webinar will look at the emotional and practical support required by people following a sudden death. Topics covered by the webinar will include:

  • Discussion of emotional responses to bereavement and signs of complicated grief by leading academics and practitioners
  • Overview of practical issues people face following a sudden death
  • The event will also cover signposting individuals to other organisations to access relevant support

This webinar is particularly relevant for organisations who do not offer bereavement support but who may be supporting bereaved people with other issues.

Brake is a road safety charity working with communities and organisations across the UK to stop the tragedy of road deaths and injuries, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and support people bereaved and seriously injured on roads.

Sudden is a global charitable initiative by the charity Brake, established to share best practice, research and resources among professionals and carers who work with suddenly bereaved people.  Sudden’s aim is to help ease the suffering of people bereaved by any kind of sudden death.

Dr Machin is a visiting research fellow of Keele University and works as a freelance trainer and hospice bereavement counsellor. She is the author of ‘Working with loss and grief: a new model for practitioners’. Dr Machin is a trained medical social worker and conducts pioneering bereavement work. She has published bereavement training materials and established a bereavement counselling agency before taking up an academic post at Keele University. She devised the ‘Range of Response to Loss’ model and the ‘Adult Attitude to Grief’ scale.

Book your place on the webinar today by completing the online form or email

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