What can help people cope with grief?

Christine speaks about the death of her son

What Christine found helpful


  • spend time in nature and green spaces
  • create memorials for the person you have lost
  • go to bed and get up at the same time every day – this may help your sleep
  • eat well

Find support for grief

Compassionate Friends offers support for bereaved parents and their families. Their free helpline is open every day from 10am to 4pm and 7pm to 10pm. Phone 0345 123 2304 to find a range of different services, groups and activities in Scotland.

If you have been affected by the death of a baby, you can find support from SANDS.

There is a bereavement and grief self-help guide available to help you cope with the experience of bereavement and grief.

Contact your GP practice if:

  • you want to speak to someone about your mental health

If you need urgent help, phone 111 and choose the mental health option to speak to the mental health hub.

In an emergency phone 999. 

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