The Epilepsy Foundation SUDEP Institute would like to express our deepest condolences to you and your family during this time. We understand this is a confusing and tragic time for you and we want to help. At the SUDEP Institute, you are not alone.

Our services for families include:

  • Accurate information regarding SUDEP and other causes epilepsy related deaths.
  • Peer Support Program that connects newly bereaved families with trained peer support who have experienced a death caused by epilepsy.
  • Individual or family support through a licensed bereavement care provider and grief counselor who is also a mother who lost her daughter to SUDEP.
  • Monthly enewsletters with information on navigating the grief process as well the latest news, research and efforts focused on preventing epilepsy mortality.
  • Advocacy, as needed on a case-by-case basis, which includes coordination and assistance with traversing the death investigation process.
  • Access and assistance in enrolling and participating in SUDEP related research opportunities.

Call 800-332-1000 and press 1 or email to learn more about our services.

In addition to supporting families bereaved by SUDEP, the SUDEP Institute leads education and awareness efforts targeted to people living with epilepsy and their caregivers as well as medical professionals, including members of the death investigation team.  We also drive and support research into the causes and prevention methods of SUDEP. Learn more about these programs and how you can become involved.

Additional resources for support after the loss of a loved one:

SUDEP Specific Support:

National Support Organizations

Local Support Services:

Contact your local Epilepsy Foundation for more information and community resources.

Additionally, many religious institutions, hospitals and hospice organizations offer local bereavement services. 

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Bereavement Support Articles

Linda Coughlin Brooks RN, BSN, CT, the SUDEP Institute Grief Therapist will be providing regular articles on topics that are important to many bereaved families.  

The Importance of Connecting with Others After Loss
March 9, 20015
Discusses the importance of connection and gives suggestions on how to build your support network.

Love Never Dies
February 12, 2015
Discusses ways we can express our love for the people who are no longer present in our every day world. 

The Holidays are Over, Now Let's Unwrap our Grief
January 13, 2015
Offers some advice on how to handle grief after the holidays in a healthy manner.

Coping with Holiday Grief 
December 2, 2014
Provides you with some concrete ideas and suggestions to help you navigate this time of year.

Holidays: A Time for Cheers or Tears 
November 5, 2014
Shares some words of advice to help navigate the holiday season, especially if you have lost someone to epilepsy.