What to do after a death in Scotland - practical advice for times of bereavement: revised 11th edition 2016 (web only)

General information on what to do after someone dies in Scotland and about succession and inheritance law. See https://www.mygov.scot/bereavement-benefits/ for the latest information about benefits.

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Most people at some point in their lives find themselves responsible for making the arrangements after the death of a relative or friend. It is a difficult and worrying time, and this booklet tells you some of the things that have to be done. It applies to Scotland only.

Further Advice

The death of someone close to you can be overwhelming, and you may need practical advice to help you manage. You may also need to speak to someone about how you feel.

You can get practical advice from a funeral director, your family doctor, a solicitor, your local social work department or Citizens Advice Bureau. You will find numbers for these organisations in your local telephone directory. Part VI of this booklet gives contact details for a number of organisations that may be able to help you.

If a health visitor or district nurse attended the person who died, he or she may be able to help. If the person died in hospital, speak to the Charge Nurse who may refer you to the hospital chaplain or social worker.

There are several organisations that can offer you counselling or emotional support. You may wish to contact your minister of religion. Your local telephone directory may also have details of other organisations that offer such services in your area.

You could also contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau or Age Scotland. If you cannot find a local service, you will find the contact details for these organisations at Part VI of this booklet.



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