Support literature

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 order copies of the literature below by calling us on 0800 2600 400 or emailing us on

If you are a professional supporting bereaved people, you can also order stocks of these resources for free by emailing us on

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.