It’s good to talk about loss

Rutherglen Reformer - - Coping With Bereavement -

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

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