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- Death Certification
- National Resources and Services
- Registering a Death and related Local Authority services
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- Bereavement Support Service for Parents, Siblings and Staff (launched November 2017)
- When someone has died – information for you
- Planning Your Own Funeral leaflet – Scottish Government website
- The Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 – Consultation Give Us Your Views
Consultation Closed 1 Sep 2017
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
Download page including alternative language versions
- What Can Happen When Someone is Dying
Order Copies from PHRD – Resource ID: (L00079)
The NHSGGC Booklet ‘When Someone Has Died, Information and Support for Relatives & Friends’ has been replaced by the new National Booklet ‘When someone has died – information for you’.
- View or download this booklet at NHS Inform
- Order paper copies at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Public Health Resources Directory
Women & Children’s Services, Palliative Care Resource Folder
Bereavement Pointers for staff
- 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
- NHSGGC Occupational Health (StaffNet)
- Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy (StaffNet)
- 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 Bereavement Policy (Updated 2014)
- NHSGGC Deaths in Hospital Policy and Procedure (Updated – 2014)
- NHSGGC Spiritual Care Policy (Updated 2014)
- Last Offices: Protocol (Updated 2015)
- NHSGGC Guideline for Neonatal Death (Under review)
- Policy and Procedure for the Management of Verification of Expected Death by Registered Nurses Working in the Community NHSGGC (Updated August 2016) Word 187 KB
- NHSGGC After Death Policy (Further information pending)
- Standard Operating Procedure for the transfer of deceased patients out-with core mortuary working hours for release or bariatric storage (StaffNet only)
- 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)
- MCCDCertification of Death (Scotland) (StaffNet only)
- Death Certification Review: Advance Registration
- Healthcare Improvement Scotland – Death certification, Q&A, Review Service, Resources, Complaints & Feedback
- The Scottish Government – Death Certification
- Guidance for Doctors completing medical certificates of the cause of death (MCCD) and its quality assurance + Advice from the Chief Medical Officer and National Records of Scotland
- Person Centred Bereavement Care – Open to any staff (Autumn 2017 dates added)
- Bereavement Awareness Sessions for Staff (June 2017)
- Learning and Education Training Calendar
- Learnpro Modules on Bereavement (Search for ‘Bereavement and Loss for NHSScotland’)
- Screenshot of Bereavement Module Titles
- NHSGGC Primary Care Palliative Care Team (Recurring communication & bereavement
- NHSGGC Palliative Care Practice Development Team (Recurring communication & bereavement education)
- GP Evening Meetings (Includes sessions on bereavement, end of life etc.)
National Resources and Services
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.
- Acumen Mental Health Support
- ARC – Antenatal Results & Choices
- British Heart Foundation bereavement resource for children
- Calman Cancer Support Centre (Cancer Support Scotland)
- Child Bereavement UK
- Child Death Helpline
- Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)
- Citizen’s Advice Scotland
- Compassionate friends – Dealing with death of a child
- Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland
- Department for Work & Pensions
- Dying Matters
- Glasgow Association for Mental Health (GAMH)
- Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief
- Maggies Centres Bereavement support
- Mental Health Network (Greater Glasgow)
- Miscarriage Association
- Money Advice Scotland
- Muslim Bereavement Service
- PETAL – People experiencing Trauma and Loss
- Procurator Fiscal – Information on Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) is now published on SAD website
- Remember My Baby – baby remembrance photography
- Richmond’s Hope
- SANDS Stillbirth & Neonatal death charity – Glasgow Sands
- Scottish Cot Death Trust
- Scottish Association for Mental Health – after a suicide
- Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs – Bereavement Service
- SIMBA – Memory boxes for bereaved parents
- SOBS – Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
- Sudden – Supporting people after sudden death
- Tissue donation advice
- WAY Widowed & Young
- Widows, National Association of
- Winston’s Wish – Charity for bereaved children
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
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.
- Glasgow City Council – Registering a death
Telephone: 0141 287 7658
- Renfrewshire Council – Registering a death
Telephone: 0300 3000 310
- East Renfrewshire Council – Registering a death
Telephone: 0141 577 3008
- Inverclyde Council – Registering a Death
Telephone: 01475 714250 / 01475 714319
- West Dunbartonshire Council – Registering a Death
Telephone: 01389 73 8350
- East Dunbartonshire Council – Registering a Death
Telephone: 0300 123 4510
- North Lanarkshire Council – Registering a Death
Telephone: 01698 403200
- South Lanarkshire Council – Bereavement Services
Telephone: 0303 123 1015