Bereavement support organisations

There are organisations who can help and support you when a loved one dies. If your relative's death is being investigated by COPFS you may also want to access dedicated support from the following organisations.

Brake offers support to people bereaved and seriously injured by road crashes.

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland helps people experiencing bereavement.

Held in our Hearts is an Edinburgh-based charity providing baby loss counselling and support to families.

The Manda Centre provides support, counselling and therapies for families and friends affected by trauma, loss and personal crisis.

PETAL (People Experiencing Trauma and Loss) provides practical and emotional support, advocacy, group support and counselling for the families and friends of murder and suicide victims.

Samaritans are a charity who provide support to anyone in crisis. The telephone helpline is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Sands exists to reduce the number of babies dying and to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, before, during or shortly after birth, whenever this happened and for as long as they need support.

The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) SAMH is a Scottish charity, working to improve the mental health of Scotland’s community. As part of their National Programme for Suicide 12 Prevention they have produced a publication called “After a Suicide”.

The Scottish Cot Death Trust (SCDT) is a charity which offers support and information for families who have suffered the sudden and unexpected loss of a child. COPFS has agreed to assist SCDT in supporting such families by providing details of such families, where appropriate, in order that the SCDT can contact them to offer help and advice.

Scottish Families affected by Drugs and Alcohol (SFAD) supports bereaved families who have been affected by drugs or alcohol. Their service is free and is available across Scotland.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide offer support to anyone over the age of 18, who has been bereaved through suicide. Their helpline is manned Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Tell Us Once service is run by the UK Government enables you to report a death only once, telling central and local government services securely and confidentially without you having to inform them individually.

Touched By Suicide Scotland are a Scottish organisation who offer emotional and practical support in a number of ways to those who have been affected by suicide.

Victim Support Scotland Victim Support Scotland is the lead voluntary organisation in Scotland helping people affected by crime. It provides emotional support, practical help and essential information to victims, witnesses and bereaved relatives attending court, and others affected by crime.

If your relative's death is being investigated by COPFS you can also contact the COPFS Victim Information and Advice service for updates.