Resources

The Bereavement Service holds a library of resources and can provide a wide range of information for bereaved people and professionals. These cover many different topics, formats and target groups. Some of the main resources we recommend are listed below. Copies of these may be available from the Bereavement Service or can be downloaded from the links below. Please contact us to find out about other resources, or for more information. 

Resources are grouped under the following headings:

General

Title Description Author
when someone has died

When someone has died - information for you 

This booklet has been translated into the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Gaelic, Polish, and Urdu

When someone has died - information for you - Large Print version

When someone has died - information for you - Audio version
A short, simple booklet containing advice and information on practical matters that need to be dealt with when someone dies – registering the death, arranging the funeral, etc - and also a section on thoughts, feelings, and sources of further support. NHS Scotland
what to do after death in scotland What to do after a death in Scotland...practical advice for times of bereavement (11th Edition) A booklet containing more detailed information about what to do after someone dies in Scotland, including information about succession and inheritance law. Scottish Government
talking about bereavement

Talking about bereavement (2015 Edition)

This leaflet is also available in Large Print

A self-help booklet containing information about the emotional and psychological aspects of grief. NHS Health Scotland
Bereavement

Bereavement

This leaflet has been translated in the following languages: Chinese, Farsi, French, HindiJapanese, Lithuanian, Polish and Urdu

 

A leaflet about the emotional and psychological aspects of bereavement and grief. Royal College of Psychiatrists


Parents

Title Description Author
The Rainbow Pack
- for bereaved parents, families and carers

When a child dies in hospital

How to register a child's death

Help with funeral costs

Bereavement

Book list

Useful contacts

A series of leaflets to help parents and carers following the death of a child. NHS Lothian

Death of a child

When a child dies - a loss like no other

Supporting Bereaved Children and Young People

How children and young people grieve

Building resilience in bereaved children

Children's understanding of death at different ages

Explaining to young children that someone has died

Supporting bereaved children under 5 years of age

What helps grieving children and young people

Understanding grieving teenagers

When your partner has died: supporting your children

Viewing a body with a child

Explaining funerals, burial and cremation to children





Information for anyone affected by the death of a child, or to support family, friends and others when a child or young person has been bereaved.



Child Bereavement UK
Bereavement: helping parents and children cope when someone close   to them dies Bereavement: helping parents and children cope when someone close to them dies A leaflet for parents explaining how children and young people respond to death and suggesting ways to help them come to terms with grief and bereavement. Understanding Childhood
helping children to cope
 
This booklet has been translated in the following languages:
A factsheet for parents and teachers explaining how children respond to death, how to help them cope, and warning signs to look out for that indicate professional help may be needed. Royal College of Psychiatrists

Children and young people

Title Description Author
When someone dies: how to cope when someone dear to you is gone A leaflet for young people (aged 8-12) giving advice on coping with the loss of someone close. This leaflet is not available online however hard copies are available from the Bereavement Service and NHS Health Scotland. NHS Health Scotland

When someone special dies - child under 7

When someone special dies - child 7 - 11

When someone special dies - young people

​Leaflets for children and young people including information about getting support, attending the funeral and returning to school or college. Child Bereavement UK
After someone dies A leaflet about death, bereavement and grief for young people (teenagers). Cruse Bereavement Care Youth Involvement Project now Hope Again

Older people

Title Description Author
Bereavement. Support after a death
A self-help booklet for older people including information on practical matters and thoughts and feelings associated with bereavement.

Age UK 

(formerly Help the Aged /
Age Concern)

A step-by-step guide to dealing with practical and financial issues when someone dies.
Age UK 
  

People with learning disabilities

Title Description Author
let's talk about death

Let's Talk About Death

A booklet about death and funerals for adults who have a learning disability. Down’s Syndrome Scotland
coping with loss Coping with loss - for people with Down's syndrome, parents and carers. Unfortunately this fact-sheet is no longer available online. However, copies are available from the Bereavement Service and Down's Syndrome Scotland. Down’s Syndrome Scotland

People bereaved by suicide

Title                             Description Author
After a suicide             A booklet for people bereaved as a result of suicide. It provides practical information and suggests coping strategies, and also includes details of agencies which might be able to help. Scottish Association for Mental Health

People bereaved by overdose

Title Description Author
Overdose: Bereavement Overdose: Bereavement. What Happens Now? This booklet is aimed at family and friends of an individual who has died of a suspected overdose. It explains some of the procedures that can take place after an overdose, coping with grief, and sources of additional help. Scottish Government

Information about post-mortem examinations

Title Description Author
Post-Mortem Examination of an Adult. Basic information leaflet
 
Post-Mortem Examination of an Adult. Basic information leaflet
An information leaflet designed to give basic information about a post mortem examination in a simple question and answer format. NHS Scotland
Post-Mortem Examination of an Adult. Advanced information leaflet.
 
Post-Mortem Examination of an Adult. Further information leaflet
An information leaflet designed to give more detailed information about a post mortem examination, including options for the retention and disposal of organs. NHS Scotland
Post-Mortem Examination of Baby or Child. Basic information   leaflet. An information leaflet designed to give basic information about a post mortem examination in a simple question and answer format. NHS Scotland
Post-Mortem Examination of Baby or Child. Advanced information   leaflet. An information leaflet designed to give more detailed information about a post mortem examination, including options for the retention and disposal of organs. NHS Scotland

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Last Reviewed: 16/02/2016