Social Support for Suddenly Bereaved People

Time & Date: 2pm-3pm, Thursday 25th March, 2021

Overview:This webinar will analyse 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. 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?


  • Jane Shackman, 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, 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.

Webinar introduction by: Leticia Williams, Partner and Head of Personal Injury at Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors specialising in claimant personal injury law.

This webinar will explain:
  • Key, simple ways to help
  • Why social support is so important – the academic perspective
  • The importance of people working together, locally, to provide joined up help.

This webinar will be helpful if you work in any of these roles:

Community leaders, community health professionals such as GPs, nurses, hospital bereavement staff, police in FLO roles, faith leaders, club leaders, teachers, and others in care-related roles following sudden bereavement, including funeral directors and lawyers.

Webinar Sponsor

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors – representing ordinary people caught up in the most extraordinary events for four decades.

To view recordings of previous webinars, and access other resources from our events, visit our Tools and reports section.

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.