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NHSGGC and other Local Resources

NHSGGC Bereavement Support for Parents, Siblings and Staff


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.

Contact NHSGGC Service
Telephone. 0141 370 4747

Bereavement support for staff provided by this service

  • Drop in’ support and information sessions.
  • Monthly on-site bereavement awareness sessions for staff groups.
  • Access to study days on a range of bereavement-related subjects.
  • Staff consultation and confidential listening.
  • Team discussions and debriefs.


What Can Happen When Someone is Dying: Information for Relatives or Friends



When someone has died – information for you


The NHSGGC Booklet ‘When Someone Has Died, Information and Support for Relatives & Friends’ has been replaced by the new National Booklet ‘When someone has died – information for you’.


Women & Children’s Services, Palliative Care Resource Folder

Bereavement Pointers for staff



Bereavement Pointers for staff (Card can be viewed on StaffNet)

Further information & distribution

Other Resources

  • Bereavement Support for children  
    Support is available through selected hospices in the NHSGGC area. Services  have been developed in each of the hospices below from the work of the ‘Butterfly Project’ – contact the hospice nearest to your location for further information.

Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice (Glasgow City Centre)
Butterfly Service Leaflet

Ardgowan Hospice (Greenock)
Ardgowan Hospice – Counselling-Bereavement

St. Vincent’s Hospice (Johnstone)
St. Vincent’s Hospice Butterfly Project APP (iOS only)
The Butterfly App is young person friendly, it offers creative suggestions and promotes self care while recognising bereavement is a very challenging time.
St. Vincent’s Hospice – Contact Us

  • Lifelink offers a range of stress services for adults and young people in communities and schools across Glasgow City.
  • 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.
  • A Whole School Approach to Loss and Bereavement is a reference toolkit (published by NHSGGC & Glasgow City Council) providing information to help teachers support children and young people during times of loss, change and bereavement.


 NHSGGC and National Policies, Procedures and Guidelines


Many of these resources have recently been updated or are in the process of being reviewed – links to the latest versions will be added when available. NHSGGC documents are stored on StaffNet and can only be accessed from a computer linked to the network.

  • NHSGGC After Death Policy (Further information pending)
  • Procedure: Death of an asylum seeker in hospital (Further information pending)
  • Policy for Staff Dealing with a Dying Child/Young Person and Their Family
    (Update in progress May 2015)
  • Bereavement and Loss: Policy and Practice Guidelines for those who work with people with Learning Disabilities
    (Contact CHCP Learning Disability Teams)



Death Certification







National Resources and Services

Support Around Death

This NHS Education for Scotland website aims to support healthcare staff who are working with patients, carers and families before, at, and after death. It provides key information on the clinical, legislative, and practical issues involved.

NHS Education for Scotland animated films on matters related to bereavement care

Other websites



 Registering a Death and related Local Authority services

The National General Register Office for Scotland

Telephone: 0131 334 0380
Opening Hours: 08.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday 08.30am to 4.30pm Friday

National Records of Scotland – Registering a Death

Local Authorities within the NHSGGC catchment
area provide information about burial services, registering a death and other
related advice on their websites. Webpages and direct phone numbers have
been included below though you may have to go through a council switchboard
for help. Local Authority links / phone numbers below were correct on 25/08/2014.
If any number / link does not work please contact the The National
General Register Office for Scotland
above for assistance.

During the Out of Hours period Police Scotland may be contacted for advice on finding a registrar.
Telephone: 101 






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