After a Young Sudden Cardiac Death

CRY has a dedicated bereavement support programme to support families after the tragedy of the sudden cardiac death of a young person aged 35 or under.

So many people have contacted CRY wondering if there are others they could talk to who have suffered similarly. No matter how much professional support is offered (either medical or therapeutic), sometimes just speaking to someone who has been through a similar experience, or reading their personal stories, helps the most. CRY’s Founder, Alison Cox, developed the CRY Bereavement Support Programme with this in mind.

CRY has a network of Bereavement Supporters who have themselves been affected by a young sudden cardiac death. They have completed a two-year British Association of Counselling (BAC) accredited course so that they can offer support, over the telephone, to others.

As well as emotional support, CRY also offers clinical support through expert pathology and expert cardiology.

It is advised that all first-degree relatives undergo cardiac testing following a sudden cardiac death, and it is important that the family is seen by an expert cardiologist. CRY can offer advice about family screening after a tragedy.

If you would like to speak about bereavement support or would like advice about expert pathology or cardiology, please contact CRY’s support team on 01737 363222 or email



Telephone bereavement support is available to anyone over the age of 18 who has been affected by a young sudden cardiac death. The support offered with CRY’s Bereavement Supporters is for up to six months, however there is no pressure or obligation. Some people find they would just like a few calls, whilst others would like to talk to their Bereavement Supporter for the entire six-month period.


CRY’s offers a National Family Bereavement Support Day which can be attended by any family members (18+) who have lost a young person aged 35 or under to a sudden cardiac death. People attend the Bereavement Support Days from all over the UK; these events give people a chance to meet with others who have experienced a similar tragedy. We also hold an annual walk in London and in Durham, giving families another opportunity to come together to remember young people who have died suddenly.

My Story

This area of the website is for those who have suffered the loss of young person due to a sudden cardiac death to share with others their experiences.

If you would like your thoughts to be included in this section of the website, please email your words, photos / images, songs, videos and poems to