Bideford woman speaks out over brother’s death

Her personal experience of losing her brother to sudden cardiac death is recounted in a new book for charity.

A BIDEFORD woman has contributed to a new book highlighting the grief experienced when suddenly losing a sibling.

Charlotte Henderson, 32, lost her 19-year-old brother Martyn Luckett to a sudden cardiac death in July 2005.

In the book, called Sibling Grief, Charlotte and the nine others recounted their experiences in personal essays.

Charlotte said: “It was a difficult process putting into words how I felt when my brother Martyn died.

“Looking back, those days, weeks and months that followed were a blur and I realise that each of us within the family unit needed to deal with Martyn’s death in different ways.

“But, it was also an important and cathartic process and I just hope that this book will reach out to anyone else who is going through the same devastating experience that we did.

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“If it can help just one person who has lost a sibling understand that their feelings are not unusual and are not wrong then it will have been worth it.”

The book has been compiled by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) who estimate 12 people under the age of 35 die suddenly from an undiagnosed heart disease in the UK every week.

The event included many high profile speakers, including double Olympic gold medallist Andrew Triggs-Hodge MBE who spoke of his experiences losing two friends to sudden cardiac death.

Alison Cox, CRY’s chief executive and founder, said: “I have supported bereaved families for over 17 years and the response we have had has generally been from parents, particularly from mums.

“However, siblings need to be given a voice too so that their own emotions can be heard and better understood.

“Their grief is very different from their parents but just as real and as raw.”

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