Bereavement support

Last updated: 21 August 2020

The death of someone close to you can be a difficult and worrying time. You may need practical advice to help you cope, or someone to talk to about how you feel.

If you think you might need extra support, your first step could be to see your GP – or another health professional you feel comfortable with – and tell them how you're feeling.

NHS inform has information on:

Support organisations

Speak to a support organisation for emotional help and practical advice.

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland
Phone: 0845 600 2227
Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 8pm Thursday 10am to 9pm
Friday 10am to 4pm
Cruse offer one-to-one counselling across Scotland. They give support through their helpline for anyone who has been bereaved.

Phone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, every day)
Gives confidential emotional support for people experiencing distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.

Breathing Space
Phone: 0800 83 85 87
Monday to Thursday, 6pm to 2am
Friday to Monday, 6pm to 6am
Free and confidential service for people experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.

Petal – people experiencing trauma and loss
Phone: 01698 324 502
Petal support families and friends of murder and suicide victims through telephone counselling. They provide a drop-in centre in Hamilton and outreach programmes in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Further help and advice after a death

You can also find information and support for: