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 information and signposting to assist families. Use the links below to find out more.
Support following a death on the road
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.
We have also made available a PDF version of the book free to download.
Access your copy here.
Picture book for children
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).
Support following sudden death by any cause
Sudden 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
This 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.
Advice for professionals working with suddenly bereaved people
Brake’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.
Feedback on our resources
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.
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: