It’s good to talk about loss
Coping with the death of a loved one is something that everyone faces at some point in their life.
But as well as turning to your family and friends, there are other groups who are out there and can offer you help and support.
There area number of bereavement organisations who can offer advice to people coping with the death of a loved one.
Their advice and knowledge can help at times of distress.
Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland is a charity offering bereavement information and support, including face-to-face counselling at local offices around Scotland. Contact them on 0845 600 22 27.
The Department for Work and Pensions helpline to check if you can claim help with funeral costs or any other benefits. Phone them on 0845 606 0265.
Citizens Advice Bureau offer free, impartial advice on a wide range of issues including money, benefits, legal matters, and housing. You can find details of local branches on the Citizens Advice Scotland website.
Samaritans offer expert advice and a listening ear to anyone who is in a crisis. You can contact their helpline on 08457 90 90 90 (24 hours a day).
Breathing Space offers free confidential phoneline for anyone feeling down or stressed. Phone the team on 0800 838587 (6 pm to 2 am Monday to Thursday; 24 hours at weekends Friday 6 pm to Monday 6 am).
SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) offers support for anyone affected by the death of a baby. Their helpline is 020 7436 5881 (9.30am - 5.30pm, Monday to Friday plus 6-10pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays). The charity has branches all over Scotland.
The Scottish Cot Death Trust provides support and information to people bereaved by cot death (also known as sudden unexpected death in infancy or sudden infant death syndrome). Contactthem on their Glasgow office on 0141 357 3946.
Child Bereavement UK, formerly the Child Bereavement Trust is a national charity providing support for bereaved families and professionals who work with them. Their phone number is 01494 568900.
SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide) provides support and advice for people bereaved by suicide. Contacttheir team on 0844 561 6855.
The WAY (Widowed and Young) Foundation is a self-help social and support network for men and women widowed under the age of 50 and their children. Their helpline is 0300 012 4929.
If you’re not comfortable with face-to-face support, but would like to interact with others, there are several online communities where you can discuss what you’re going through in a confidential and safe environment.
Support There are groups to help you cope with the loss of your loved one