Social Support for Suddenly Bereaved People

This event was on Thursday 25th, March 2021

This webinar analysed the importance of strong social support for people facing the shock of a sudden bereavement; from families, friends, streets, communities and local professionals in key roles. It discussed the following key questions:

  • How can we enable community support to be unlocked and harnessed for people who are in shock and often facing isolation?
  • How can we help concerned local people to help better?


  • Suzannah Phillips, is the Associate Director at Winston’s Wish. Suzannah is responsible for designing and delivering training, leading the research and evidence department, developing services and leading on quality assurance across the organisation. Suzannah continues to work with bereaved children and their families and provides clinical supervision to Helpline Practitioners.
  • Jane Shackman, is a Sudden caseworker and a consultant and trainer in psychological trauma, crisis and victim support. She has worked extensively overseas and in the UK with survivors of terrorist attack, violence and complex bereavements, supporting people to strengthen their own resilience and resourcefulness.
  • Nicola Waldman, is a Partner and Head of Wills & Probate at Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors with over 25 years’ experience of handling complex wills and trust and estate administration.

This event was kindly sponsored by Hodge Jones and Allen Solicitorsrepresenting ordinary people caught up in the most extraordinary events for four decades.