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Cruse Scotland (Bereavement Support)

Help grieving children this Christmas

This Christmas we’re asking you to help children in Scotland whose lives have been shattered by the death of someone close. Demand for our Children & Young People's Bereavement Service has increased and we desperately need to train more specialists
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We're Cruse Scotland and we're here to help people understand, process and navigate their grief. Regardless of the relationship to the deceased, or how recent or long ago the death happened, we offer bereavement support - and hope - to those who are overwhelmed by grief and can't imagine a future without a loved one.

Caitlin and Cameron (pictured above) received support from one of our Children's Bereavement specialists, Irene, following the sudden death of their dad. Caitlin recalled;

“Before the session with Irene I was trying to just get on with things. At the time, I didn’t really want to talk about it with anyone and I didn’t want to upset Mum by bringing it up. Talking with Irene helped me process what had happened and how I was feeling. It helped to just get the emotions out and to stop bottling them up.”

“The first Christmas without dad was really hard, especially as he died at that time of year and his anniversary was coming up. We didn’t really know what to do. I wanted things to be the same but they couldn’t be. It was so difficult.”

“On the anniversary of dad’s death we usually visit the place we spread his ashes, and go for a walk together and sometime we lay flowers. It’s our way of remembering him. I like lighting a candle when I’m thinking about him too.”

“Cruse Scotland provide such beneficial support and their volunteer Irene helped me through a very hard time in my life and helped my family a lot too.”

Demand for our children and young people bereavement services has increased significantly however and we desperately need to train more specialists to be there for those across Scotland who are struggling.

Unless we can build more resource to cope with the demand, the likelihood is we ultimately have to turn families in need away. Please help to ensure that does not happen.

No matter the amount you can afford to give, your donation will offer hope and vital support to many grieving families.


could recruit, train and support a specialist who will be there for children who are shattered by the death of someone close


is the cost to provide a full block of bereavement support sessions that are tailored to the age and the stage of grief, of each child


may cover the costs of a one-to-one bereavement support session for a child or young person


could buy arts & crafts materials, books and toys, that help children to open up and speak about their feelings with the bereavement specialist


covers the cost of a one hour call to our free bereavement helpline for a parent or carer who needs to find support and advice with their young one or for themselves.

To read Tracy, Caitlin and Cameron's full blog, articles from other individuals and families, suggestions on how to celebrate Christmas with children after a loss, or all of our bereavement support services, please visit www.crusescotland.org.uk/christmas

Thank you.

About the charity

We offer hope when the future seems empty. Our range of specialist bereavement listening & counselling services are available to anyone in Scotland and designed so that those needing support receive the right help at the right time, building resilience and improving wellbeing.

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