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The coronavirus outbreak is affecting the way we are able to grieve. You may be dealing with sudden loss or trauma, and may be cut off from your usual support network. FIND OUT MORE
Read the latest news, events and updates from Cruse Scotland – plus blogs written by in-house and partner experts covering the complex landscape of grief, death and bereavement.
Margaret tells us about her experience losing her husband during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020 and how Cruse Scotland helped her cope with his death.
This week is Demystifying Death week in Scotland. Rebecca Patterson, Director of Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief – and one of Cruse Scotland’s Board Members – explains what the week is about.
Make this your 2022 running challenge! The fast, flat & picturesque route along the East Lothian Golf Coast is perfect for PB chasers.
Musselburgh Racecourse will host this fast, flat and picturesque 10K. Whether you’re looking for the chance to set a new personal best or run your first official 10K then look no further - run for Cruse Scotland!
When we face changes and challenges in life, feeling stressed out is natural. Stress is the body’s normal response to physical or emotional tension. In this article, Cruse Scotland volunteer, Saboohi Gill, explains what stress is and how you can manage it.
In acknowledgement of Valentine’s Day and the stark reminders all around for those who are grieving their partner, Cruse Scotland North & East Area Manager, Nicola Reed, offers some understanding and words of comfort.
Volunteer Bereavement Counsellor, Lilian, shares her approach to counselling and what a typical session with her may entail.
Find out what members of our peer support groups in Fife think about this service, and how Cruse Scotland continued to engage them, safely, throughout the pandemic.
January can be a really hard time for people who have lost someone close in the previous year. In addition, it’s unsurprising that significant losses from previous years can also play a strong part in your thoughts at this time. In this article, Cruse Scotland volunteer, Graham Stevenson, outlines feelings that may arise as you look to the new year ahead.
Christmas can be a time of heightened emotion, grief and anxiety for those who have been bereaved. In this article, Cruse Scotland volunteer, Graham Stevenson, offers advice about coping with anxiety during the festive period.
You may have heard the term ‘complicated grief’ and wondered if what you’re experiencing fits with its definition. In this blog post, Cruse Scotland Training Manager, Daryl Cuthbert, explains what complicated grief is, how it differs from ‘normal’ grief and how you can get support.
For Alcohol Awareness Week, Nicola Reed explores the complexities of grieving for a loved one who died from an alcohol-related cause.
Having suffered multiple bereavements at a very young age, volunteer Audrey Holligan found her calling as a children and young people's supporter. Here she tells her story, how it has shaped her career, and how helping others has ultimately helped her heal from her own trauma.
They're back! Pull on your kilt, dust off your walking shoes, and get together with family, friends or colleagues to take on one of three distances at the Kiltwalk!
Whether you want to take on a full or half marathon, 'Hairy Haggis' team relay, or 10k, run in Edinburgh and be part of Scotland’s largest running festival.
For Remembrance Day 2021, Cruse Scotland volunteer, Audrey Holligan, shares a moving encounter with war veterans when she represented our Step-by-Step groups at a Legion d'Honneur service.
As the nights draw in and falling leaves remind us of nature's lifecycle, November brings a number of opportunities for us to remember loved ones we've lost.
Pull on your kilt, dust off your walking shoes, and get together with family, friends or colleagues to take on one of three distances at the Aberdeen Kiltwalk on Sunday 29 May!
Get the tartan ready, call up your family, friends or colleagues, and get ready to take on one of three distances at the Dundee Kiltwalk on Sunday 21 August!
Last year, Danielle shared her own story of miscarriage on the Cruse Scotland blog to help others going through a similar experience. For Baby Loss Awareness Week 2021, she reflects on how the simple act of growing, and losing, a pumpkin triggered feelings similar to her grief after miscarriage.
After a friend suffers the trauma of miscarriage, it can be hard to know what to do or say. In this article, Cruse Scotland Area Manager, Nicola Reed, offers advice about how to support someone grieving for their baby.
This is a list we will keep adding to as resources come to our attention. We hope you find comfort in other people's stories - as well as further information, advice and support.
Look out some tartan, dust off your walking shoes, and get together with family, friends or colleagues to take on one of three distances at the Edinburgh Kiltwalk on Sunday 18 September!
Nicola Reed, Cruse Scotland’s Area Manager for the North and East, explores the silences enveloping miscarriage and the complex feelings that parents, grandparents, siblings and friends may experience.
In this article, Danielle Cooper-Lowden, a Cruse Scotland Volunteer and graduate of the MSc Counselling course from Abertay, Dundee, discusses the subject of her Masters project: fathers’ experience of child loss through miscarriage and stillbirth.
Making a very welcome return in October 2022, Scotland's Virtual Kiltwalk will see thousands of tartan-clad heroes take on their own challenges, all across the country... join them!
Men’s 10K helps thousands of guys on their journey to becoming a fitter, healthier and happier person. Register now for the run taking place on Sunday 19 June in Glasgow.
Cruse Scotland volunteer, Graham Stevenson, outlines how the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is affecting bereavement, and shares some tips for connecting, reaching out, coping with difficult emotions and looking after yourself during these difficult times.
Transitions in life can cause emotional disruption, even if they bring about positive changes. The death of a loved one inevitably causes major transitions, in terms of one’s role, identity, meaning and lifestyle. In this article, Cruse Scotland volunteer, Saboohi Gill, explores the psychological impacts of transitions and offers tips on how to cope with life’s challenges and changes.
Cruse Scotland volunteer, Lilian McDade, reflects on her own experience of delayed grief and encourages others to seek support – even if grief surfaces decades after a bereavement.
Cruse Scotland volunteer, Lilian McDade, lost her 21-year-old son 19 years ago. In this blog article, she recounts her story and how she felt in the days, weeks, months and years after her son’s tragic death.
Cruse Scotland volunteer, Mo Szulejewska, has been keeping a journal for years and found writing particularly helpful when grieving the deaths of her parents. In this article, Mo describes the benefits of journal writing and offers tips to help you get started.
Cruse Scotland volunteer, Mo Szulejewska, describes how letter writing can help to continue a relationship with a loved one who has died.
Writing poetry can be a therapeutic activity to express your emotions and remember your loved one. In this article, Cruse Scotland volunteer, Lilian McDade shares some of her own poetry and explains how it has helped her during times of grief.
Today, on World Cancer Day, we share a personal story of a colleague who has lived through this experience. We thank her for offering her reflections, and her suggestions for how you can help people coping with cancer at this time.
In this blog post, Cruse Scotland volunteer, Audrey Holligan, describes how children and young people may experience grief, and how adults around them can help them cope.
Originally written for Baby Loss Awareness Week 2020, one of our volunteer counsellors, Danielle, shares her own story of miscarriage to help us all open up about this difficult but sadly far-too-common experience.