Sudden provides free books for adults and children on coping with a sudden bereavement

If you have been bereaved, or are a friend of someone who has been bereaved, you can request copies of our free books easily online using our simple order form

When someone you love dies suddenly – book for adults

This book by Sudden is for people who have suffered the shattering experience of a loved one dying suddenly.

It aims to help you understand emotions and feelings commonly suffered. It provides straightforward advice on how to cope and who can help you to recover.

Someone has died suddenly – book for children

Acclaimed picture book for children to read with their carer when someone has died suddenly.

This book provides simple explanations of what happens after a sudden death, in language that children can easily understand.

Helping suddenly bereaved children

As a parent or carer, it can be particularly difficult to know what to say to bereaved children or how to behave around them.

This guide that accompanies the children’s book helps adults to provide support to bereaved children.

Our children’s support literature is kindly sponsored by
Co-op Funeralcare.

If you, or someone you know, has experienced sudden bereavement, Sudden can help. Call us on 0800 2600 400 or contact us at and we’ll arrange for a dedicated caseworker to call you back. We help from day one, onwards, for the first ten weeks of bereavement, when people are often in extreme need of care and support, suffering from shock and huge change in their lives.

Sudden is reliant on donations. We are a charity-run service. If you’d like to contribute to our crucial work, particularly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, then please donate to Sudden. Sudden is run and hosted by Brake, the road safety charity.