Some years ago I ran the APIL course on fatal accidents. As part of that course I insisted upon lecturing with an experienced bereavement counsellor who could advise solicitors on how best to deal with the problems of recently bereaved clients. This was always well received. It is an area where lawyers receive no training at all. Often we tip-toe around key subjects, wary of making matters worse. Sometimes we do make matters worse. Here are links to useful sources on dealing with bereaved people.
ORGANISATIONS THAT CAN HELP
There are many organisations set out in the side bar of this blog.
- NHS Choices on Dealing with Loss
- Facing Bereavement on dealing with death through accidents
- Psychlinks on Grief and Bereavement in accident or sudden death
- Loss, change and grief on dealing with sudden, accidental or traumatic death
SPECIFIC GUIDANCE FOR PROFESSIONALS DEALING WITH BEREAVED CLIENTS
- Belfast Trust has written a useful and extensive guide Dealing with Traumatic Bereavement
- Chris Blunt: After the loss of a spouse: five pointed for helping grieving clients
- Very useful guidance from the Centre for Grief Journey on Helping a Grieving Client (see in particular the list of things not to say)
- Mark Tyrell on Three vital pointers for helping clients with grief
- The College of Education at Penn State on Helping Clients Deal with Grief and Loss
GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS DEALING WITH BEREAVEMENT
- ACAS on Managing Bereavement in the Workplace – a good Practice Guide
- Cruse Bereavement Care on Managing Bereavement at Work
- ACAS more general guide to Bereavement in the Workplace (with further useful links).