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Brake offers support services to people who have been bereaved or injured in a road crash, as well as the family, friends and professionals supporting them.

Our support literature provides emotional support, practical informaton and signposting to assist families. Use the links below to find out more.

If you'd like to help us develop our support services to reach more people, make a donation or see our fundraising ideas.

Support following a death on the road

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This guide helps you to understand common emotions and feelings following a road death. It provides straightforward advice on how to cope and who can help.

Read the online guide.

We have also made available a PDF version of the book free to download.
Access your copy here.

Alternatively, order a free printed copy of the guide using our quick online order form, or call +64 (0)21 407 953 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Our book for children Someone has died in a road crash is full of warm illustrations and text that helps adults support children and answer their questions. Printed copies are available in English, Te Reo Maori and Chinese (simplified).

Order free copies through our quick online order form, or call +64 (0)21 407 953 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Support following sudden death by any cause

Sudden logo smallSudden is an initiative by Brake to help ensure people suddenly bereaved by any cause can access quality support, by sharing advice, best practice, research and resources among carers and support professionals.

Support for suddenly bereaved adults

counselling thumbnail 3This booklet on Coping with Grief, available to download or for free in hard copy, helps you understand common emotions and feelings following a sudden bereavement. It provides clear information on procedures and straightforward advice on how to cope and who can help.

Read the online guide.
Alternatively, order a free printed copy of the guide using our quick online order form, or call +64 (0)21 407 953 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Advice for professionals working with suddenly bereaved people

classroom discussion thumbnailBrake’s Sudden initiative offers research and guidance, seminars and training opportunities, support books, and a free bulletin for professionals who work with people bereaved by sudden death.


Brake's support standards

Brake aims to deliver high quality, accessible services that are relevant, appropriate and useful for bereaved and injured road crash victims. 

Read our support literature standards.

Feedback on our resources

If you have used either our Coping with Grief booklet, or Someone has died in a road crash children's book, please give us feedback on what you thought of them. Your feedback helps us to ensure that the books contain information that is relevant and useful, and helps us to secure funding to keep the books free of charge to families affected by road crashes. You can give feedback online, or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Links

There are a number of other organisations who also work in the interests of families affected by road crashes. Find out more.

Giving back to Brake

Many of Brake's supporters and volunteers have been affected by death or injury in a road crash and want to give something back to the cause, to help Brake campaign to stop more casualties and support other people who are injured or bereaved. There are lots of ways that you can get involved, including in memoriam donations and collections, fundraising, campaigning and volunteering

If you'd like to chat to us about ways to get involved, fill in our quick volunteer form.

Our funders

Brake's support resources are funded by public donation and by a number of funders to ensure they remain free of charge to families affected by crashes. We would like to thank the following funders for their support:

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