NHS Lothian Bereavement Service

There are many organisations that offer help and support to bereaved people. Details of some of these are listed below, however there are many more.

Second largest health authority in Scotland. Investing £1.6B a year to protect & improve health in Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian & West Lothian.

What we do

The Bereavement Service complements the care and support routinely offered to bereaved relatives by hospital and community staff by:

  • Providing advice and information on practical issues following bereavement, e.g. registering a death, arranging a funeral, etc.
  • Providing booklets and other information resources.
  • Developing bereavement information on the NHS Lothian public website and staff intranet.
  • Signposting to sources of further advice and support in the community.
  • Developing policies, procedures and guidelines for bereavement care.
  • Supporting and advising staff in relation to bereavement care.
  • Providing education within clinical areas and contributing to wider training programmes.
  • Liaising with external agencies (such as registrars, funeral directors and the procurator fiscal) to ensure good communication and effective working relationships.

We do not provide bereavement counselling but can give details of services that do.

How to contact us


0131 242 6995 (ext 26995) 0131 242 1996 (ext 21996)



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