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2.8 Bereavement, death and SUDEP

Relevant Tools: A.4, A.5, A.14

After a sudden death, the GP should contact the bereaved family to offer condolences and invite them to meet to discuss the death.1 The family may also appreciate the contact details of SUDEP Action, which helps people bereaved by epilepsy related deaths to get initial support and information.

The GP should also inform any other healthcare professional who was involved in the management of the patient's condition.

This section of the website contains letter templates and leaflets you may wish to use in these circumstances (see A.4 and A.14).


1 National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), 2012. The epilepsies: The diagnosis and management of the epilepsies in adults and children in primary and secondary care. [CG137]. London: NICE.

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