New booklets on traumatic bereavement launched

07/02/2011

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Pat Convery, has officially launched the second edition of the hugely successful Sudden Death and Traumatic Bereavement Reference Books and Leaflets produced by the Eastern Trauma Advisory Panel at Belfast City Hall.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Pat Convery, has officially launched the second edition of the hugely successful Sudden Death and Traumatic Bereavement Reference Books and Leaflets produced by the Eastern Trauma Advisory Panel at Belfast City Hall.

He said: ‘Experiencing the death of a loved one is always a very difficult and traumatic time and it’s important that people get the help and support they need.

About the Booklets

The booklets have been designed to help those dealing with sudden death and the traumatic grief resulting from it. It recognises the need for clear, supportive assistance for those who experience traumatic bereavement, and I am confident that it will be an extremely useful resource for the citizens of Belfast and beyond.’

The Sudden Death and Traumatic Bereavement Reference Books and Leaflets can be downloaded from the Bereavement section of this website

Minister for Health, Michael McGimpsey, who also attended the launch, said: ‘Approximately 10% of deaths in Northern Ireland each year are sudden or occur in a traumatic way, such as road traffic collisions, accidents, suicides and assaults.

‘Dealing with the death of a loved one is always a very difficult time for people, even more difficult when the death is unexpected or traumatic.

‘I believe these resources offer support for individuals, families and communities at a particularly difficult time and are a reference source for HSC professionals, Trusts and other organisations supporting them.’

Local women shares her story

Even today, past trauma continues to affect people’s lives. Pauline Holland suffered traumatic bereavement following the murder of her husband Harry. A local greengrocer in West Belfast, Mr Holland, 65, was attacked near his home in September 2007 trying to prevent his delivery van from being stolen. Mrs Holland also spoke at the launch as she has worked closely with Corpus Christie Counselling Services, an organisation which makes extensive use of the sudden death and traumatic bereavement literature.

Many people who are bereaved go through a normal grieving process and require little other than the support of their family and community in a secure recovery environment. Others, especially those bereaved traumatically, may need more extensive or expert intervention.

About the Eastern Trauma Advisory Panel

Managed by the Belfast Trust, the Advisory Panel was established in 2001 to advise and influence those health and social care services to improve the development and coordination of quality services to address the needs of those affected by the troubles.