Brake, the road safety charity, has produced a booklet about coping with grief which it is offering free of charge to police family liaison officers (FLOs) and other support professionals.
The booklet, ‘Coping with grief when someone you love dies suddenly’, offers emotional comfort and reassurance for people bereaved by any kind of sudden death.
It has been adapted from Brake’s booklet for people bereaved by road crashes which was first published more than a decade ago.
The new guide is designed for people in the immediate aftermath of bereavement, and to offer ongoing comfort in the following months. It has been prepared by a team of bereavement experts in consultation with support practitioners and academics.
Louise MacRae, senior helpline officer at Brake, said: “People who suffer a sudden bereavement are usually in deep shock. This can be utterly debilitating and can result in an inability to speak or move, eat or sleep properly.
“People may scream, cry, shake, be unable to engage with others, feel utterly hopeless or angry, or react in many other ways. All these symptoms are perfectly normal following the devastation of a sudden bereavement. Yet all are very scary and painful to experience.
“During this shock period it is important to understand that this is a normal reaction, to feel reassured and know that there is support out there. I’d urge anyone who supports suddenly bereaved people to order free copies of this booklet, so they are ready to pass on this vital resource the next time someone needs it.”
To order copies of the guide call: 01484 559909 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org