“After hard conversations with my son, we make it part of our routine that we each have a little piece of chocolate to help us transition back to discussing something different” Tom, an SUDC dad
The SUDC team sends a huge, warm hug to any parent or family member who is supporting a bereaved sibling.
Professional and peer support
Our affiliate, the SUDC Foundation has excellent resources for siblings and grandparents. Please sign up to register with the SUDC Foundation support services if you have not done so already. Discussing matters like supporting bereaved siblings with other families who truly understand can be incredibly helpful.
Our wonderful patron, Jenni Thomas OBE (founder of Child Bereavement UK), has created a series of podcasts about Child Bereavement.
These are available from all podcast providers or directly from Jenni’s website and include various topics surrounding child bereavement, including unexplained death, children’s grief and supporting siblings. We are grateful for Jenni’s ongoing support of SUDC UK.
Books can support a supportive resource for conversations with grieving children. This book, Where are you Lydie? written by Emma Poore, is a beautiful example of one that you may find helpful. Other comprehensive booklists are available from Child Bereveament UK, Winston’s Wish and our patron, Jenni Thomas and the SUDC Foundation.
Medical Alert Cards
Even mild illness can make families affected by Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood extremely anxious. If you would like to receive this informative, credit card size card to help support these difficult conversations with medical professionals please contact us. These cards were adapted from the SUDC Foundation version for use within the UK.
Medicines for children – practical advice about medicines.
Medicines for Children is a partnership programme by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists (NPPG) and WellChild.
If you need help
Please do not hesitate to contact us. SUDC UK understands how important support is for siblings and their families. Our co-founders have experience of sibling’s grief following SUDC and would like you to know that you are not alone.