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Bereavement Services

Arrangements for Death Certification may have changed due to Covid-19. Local Authority websites linked below should have the latest information from your area. The latest National information can also be found on the following websites.

National Records of Scotland latest information on registering a death during the COVID-19 pandemic

NHS Inform Medical certificate of cause of death

Local Authority websites provide information about burial services, registering a death and other related advice.

Glasgow City Council – Registering a death

Renfrewshire Council – Registering a death

East Renfrewshire Council – Registering a death

Inverclyde Council – Registering a Death

West Dunbartonshire Council – Registering a Death

East Dunbartonshire Council – Registering a Death

North Lanarkshire Council – Registering a Death

South Lanarkshire Council – Bereavement Services

The Macmillan Information and NHS Bereavement Centre is based at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

The Centre is located on ground floor of the centre block of Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
You can drop in between 9.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
For more information call 0141 451 5373 or email

The service provides patients, families, carers and staff access to information materials on various types of cancer, long term conditions and their treatment. The team can provide a listening ear and signpost you onto other support services such as benefits advice, a dedicated one-to-one support worker through Macmillan’s Improving the Cancer Journey, or help to get active. Please visit us and see if we can offer you any assistance. We can also visit you on the ward.

We can provide:

  • time to listen and talk in a comfortable, friendly environment
  • leaflets and booklets on all aspects of living with and beyond cancer
  • access to additional cancer support
  • leaflets and booklets about living with long term conditions

We also offer:

  • help to arrange counselling and free complimentary therapy appointments if you are affected by cancer
  • support to access practical help, such as help at home and travel insurance
  • referral to other available support services.

We will be working in partnership with Palliative and Spiritual Care to offer people the right support at the right time.

The team can also provide emotional and practical advice around end of life care, including information about power of attorney, wills and funeral planning. We also offer support with complex bereavement issues, bereavement counselling and benefits advice to help cover the cost of the funeral.

We can offer information and signposting including:

  • what you need to do when someone dies
  • information about carers support for people looking after someone for example a partner, a patient, a relative with cancer or another long term condition
  • access to other organisations that can help, including local support groups
  • assisting with repatriation
  • discussing organ and tissue donation
  • face to face training for staff
  • end of life care

The information provided here is intended to help you find out what to expect during this difficult time, as well as providing information about some of the practical arrangements you will need to consider.

Due to the pandemic, some of the usual arrangements may have changed, however, support is still available.

Bereavement Support

Macmillan Information and NHS Bereavement Centre
Coronavirus: Dealing with bereavement and grief – Cruse Bereavement Care
NHSGGC Bereavement Support for Parents, Siblings and Staff

Call: 0141 370 4747

Child Bereavement UK has been commissioned by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde with funding from Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity to provide bereavement support for families bereaved of a baby or child, and training to support NHSGGC staff.

Child Bereavement UK is a national charity which supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

What can happen when someone is dying

This leaflet will guide you through what to expect and what can happen when someone is at the end of their life.

What can happen when someone is dying (Latest English language version)

Alternative language versions (please note these are the previous version of the booklet)

What can happen when someone is dying (Arabic)

What can happen when someone is dying (Mandarin)

What can happen when someone is dying (Polish)

What can happen when someone is dying (Punjabi)

What can happen when someone is dying (Urdu)

When Someone Has Died – information for you

When someone close to you dies, you may be unsure what to do. This leaflet will help you understand:

  • What you need to do
  • How you may feel.
NHSGGC Spiritual Care and the Chaplaincy Service

An NHS Healthcare Chaplain is always on-call and ward staff can arrange for them to be paged. 

Other Local and National Services and Resources

Death Certification

Arrangements for Death Certification may have changed due to Covid-19. Local Authority websites should have the latest information from your area.

Disability information Scotland

Can offer advice on installing disability equipment, information on benefits and other services.


EQUIPU is a service responsible for providing, delivering and installing a range of disability equipment supplied by health and social work services to disabled people living at home.

For further information or to arrange uplift contact:

Telephone. 0141 287 6300


Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief

Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief is working to make Scotland a place where there is more openness about death, dying and bereavement so that:

  • People are aware of ways to live with death, dying and bereavement
  • People feel better equipped to support each other through the difficult times that can come with death, dying and bereavement.

Lifelink offers a range of stress services for adults and young people in communities and schools across Glasgow City.

Living Life

Living Life is a free telephone service available to anyone over the age of 16 who is suffering from low mood, mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety.

NHS Inform

NHS Inform Bereavement area can help you find answers to your questions and guide you through the early days of your bereavement. It can also help you understand more of the experience of loss in the days that lie ahead.

Renfrewshire Bereavement Network

New grief and bereavement service for families in Renfrewshire. Visit the website for more information:

Richmond’s Hope – service to help bereaved children in Glasgow
Other Useful Websites