Guide

Arranging a funeral

Last updated: 9 October 2017

Advice and support

Arranging a funeral can be a difficult and worrying time. There are support organisations that give you practical advice and emotional support throughout the process.

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Cruse Bereavement Scotland
Phone: 0845 600 2227
Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 4pm and 6pm to 9pm
Thursday 9am to 9pm
Friday 9am to 4pm
Saturday 12 noon to 3pm
Email: support@crusescotland.org.uk
Cruse offer one-to-one counselling across Scotland. They give support through their helpline for anyone who has been bereaved.

Quaker Social Action – Down to Earth
Phone: 020 8983 5055 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm)
Email: downtoearth@qsa.org.uk
Provides support for people struggling with the costs of a funeral.

Samaritans
Phone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, every day)
Email: jo@samaritans.org
Gives confidential emotional support for people experiencing distress, despair or suicidal thoughts. Find local support.

Natural Death Centre
Phone: 01962 712 690
Independent help, support and advice on planning a funeral.

Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief
Raises awareness of ways of dealing with death, dying and bereavement.

The Good Funeral Guide
Independent information to help you arrange a funeral and get value for money.

Helpful guidance

What to do after a death in Scotland – Scottish Government

When someone has died: support for relatives and friends – NHS Lothian

Arranging a funeral
Advice and support