Sudden is a global charitable initiative for suddenly bereaved people, and the people caring for them, including their families and professionals. We aim to help ease the suffering of people bereaved by any kind of sudden death – whether it’s through a road crash, suicide, disaster, war, accident, communcable disease such as COVID-19, or undiagnosed medical reasons.
Free advice about coping with a sudden bereavement
Free bulletins for professionals
Online guidance for carers
Papers and reports for professionals
Seminars, training and webinars
Support literature for bereaved adults and children
The Namibian Mothers’ Union are a Christian organisation, who provide support to families in the country. Outreach teams from the group offer visits and support to bereaved people.
Based in Cape Town, Khululeka Grief Support provide grief support for bereaved children and adolescents. The organisation also support teachers, childcare workers and other professionals who are working with bereaved children.
GriefLine manage Australia’s only dedicated loss and grief national telephone counselling service. GriefLine provides anonymous and specialist counselling services for individuals and families. All calls are confidential and are free.
Lifeline is a national charity providing any Australian who is experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Lifeline also provides bereavement support services.
The Australian National Centre for Childhood Grief provides loving support in a safe place where children grieving a death can share their experience as they learn to live with its impact on their lives.
Support after Suicide supports people bereaved by suicide, including friends, family and young people. Based in Melbourne, Australia, the programme offers counselling, group support and an online community website.
The Grief Centre provides face-to-face, online and phone counselling services for people who are suffering from grief and loss. They also run bereavement support groups, and provide training and professional supervision for those working in the field of grief and loss.
Lifeline Aotearoa’s community helplines are free, anonymous and confidential. They offer support for people dealing with any issue that is causing emotional or psychological distress. They also provide specialist counselling, corporate and volunteer training, and online support for workplaces.
For immediate help or support from a counsellor:
Phone: 0800 LIFELINE (0800 54 33 54) or text ‘Help’ to 4357
Kidsline: 0800 543754
For general queries email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Skylight supports people of all ages throughout New Zealand who are facing any kind of tough life situation. They specialise in supporting children, young people and their whanau through grief, loss and trauma support.
Victim Support provides free emotional and practical support, information, financial assistance and referrals to other services for anyone affected by crime or trauma. They also have specific services for those affected by homicide and suicide.
Every week, 12 young people die of a cardiac arrest in the UK. Cardiac Risk in the Young works to promote screenings and fund medical research, and also offers emotional and clinical support to those bereaved through a sudden cardiac arrest.
Care for the Family http://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/
Care for the Family offers a variety of resources to those who are bereaved. The charity also runs events, support days and weekends away for different age groups.
Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. The organisation aims to provide families with the support they need to rebuild their lives.
The Child Death Helpline was established in 1989, and aims to provide a quality freephone service to anyone affected by the death of a child of any age. The helpline is staffed by volunteers, all of them bereaved parents.
CHUMS Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Service for Children and Young People provides therapeutic support in a variety of ways. CHUMS offers individual support, group work, family support, family days, activity days and residential weekends.
The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents who have suffered the death of a child or children.
Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The charity offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies, and works to enhance society’s care of bereaved people. Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. Cruse also provides training and consultancy for external organisations and for those who may encounter bereaved people in the course of their work.
Dying Matters is a coalition, made up of 30,000 members across England and Wales. The organisation was established by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) in 2009 to promote public awareness and discussion of dying, death and bereavement.
Founded in 1984 by Dr Linda Machin, a leading research fellow from the University of Keele, the Dove Service is one of the UK’s leading bereavement and loss counselling charities and provides services to all people in the community from the age of 4+.
Hope Again is a website provided for young people by Cruse Bereavement Care. The website provides an opportunity for young people to share stories and experiences, a gallery and also advice for young people who have been recently bereaved.
Penhaligon’s Friends is a UK charity supporting bereaved children, young people, parents and carers throughout Cornwall. The charity offers children and young people the chance to meet others and share their experiences, as well as practical resources for children and parents.
SCARD helps to relieve distress among people who have lost a loved one, been injured or affected by drunk or reckless driving. SCARD provides emotional and practical support through a telephone helpline, support groups and personal support system, and by offering free counselling at its offices in West Yorkshire.
SeeSaw provides grief support for children, young people and their families in Oxfordshire when a parent is dying or has died. SeeSaw also provides bereavement advice, support and training to professionals and schools in Oxfordshire.
S.P.R.I.N.G. (Supporting Parents and Relatives In Neonatal Grief) was set up to provide support to parents and relatives who have experienced the death of a baby during pregnancy, at, or just after birth. This includes miscarriage, stillbirth and termination for fetal abnormality. S.P.R.I.N.G. is run by a combination of bereaved parents, relatives and caring professionals. The aim of S.P.R.I.N.G. is to befriend and support through grief. This is achieved by offering counselling, befriending and monthly support meetings.
SUDEP Action provides support after an epilepsy related death. It is the only UK charity specialised in supporting and involving people who have been bereaved by epilepsy. The charity provides information on SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy). The support line offers valuable listening space and ongoing emotional support, counselling and opportunities to take part in research.
Every day, more than 100 children are bereaved of a parent in the UK. Winston’s Wish was established in 1992 as the UK’s first child bereavement charity, and currently supports around 30,000 children and young people per year.
ACCESS is an air disaster bereavement support network dedicated to connecting those who have survived or lost loved ones in private, military and commercial airplane crashes, and other aviation tragedies, with individuals who have lived through similar losses.
The American Association of Suicidology is a charitable, non-profit membership organisation for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or affected by suicide. The organisation provides support to those bereaved by suicide, and advocates on behalf of suicide prevention initiatives.
Founded in 1983, the American SIDS Institute is a national, non-profit health care organisation that provides family support, promotes infant health and endorses research and education about sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors offers compassionate care, a national peer support network and connections to grief resources for anyone grieving the death of a loved one serving in the US Armed Forces.