CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD. CRY promotes and develops heart screening programmes and funds medical research. CRY publishes and distributes medical information written by leading cardiologists for the general public. CRY funds specialist referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at leading UK hospitals.
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.
CRY has a network of Bereavement Supporters who have themselves been affected by a young sudden cardiac death. They have completed a two-year counselling course so that they can offer support, over the telephone, to others.
CRY has Facebook groups where people (aged 18 and over) can connect and share experiences with other people who have been affected by a young sudden cardiac death. They have groups which are specifically for bereaved mums, bereaved dads, bereaved siblings and bereaved partners, and we also have a ‘Family and Friends’ group which can be joined by anyone who has lost a young person to a sudden cardiac death.
The groups are private communities for people who are in touch with CRY to connect, share their feelings and experiences with others who have experienced the loss of a young person, and be part a network of support for one another. The groups are private and can only be joined by invitation from CRY. The discussions within the group can only be seen by members, whilst CRY has access to the group as a group administrator, the group is not actively moderated by CRY.