News and Blogs

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.

Facing a New Year Alone

Below are some of the thoughts and feelings you may experience when you are facing a new year ...

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Facing a New Year Alone

Facing a New Year Alone

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.

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Grief & Anxiety at Christmastime

Grief & Anxiety at Christmastime

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.

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Complicated Grief

Complicated Grief

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.

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The Complexity of Grief After an Alcohol-Related Death

The Complexity of Grief After an Alcohol-Related Death

For Alcohol Awareness Week, Nicola Reed explores the complexities of grieving for a loved one who died from an alcohol-related cause.

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Child Bereavement - A Volunteer's Story

Child Bereavement - A Volunteer's Story

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.

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Glasgow Kiltwalk

Glasgow Kiltwalk

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!

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Take on a Challenge in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2022

Take on a Challenge in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2022

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. 

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Remembrance Day: Lessons from Older Generations

Remembrance Day: Lessons from Older Generations

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.

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November - A Season Of Remembering

November - A Season Of Remembering

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.

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Aberdeen Kiltwalk

Aberdeen Kiltwalk

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!

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Dundee Kiltwalk

Dundee Kiltwalk

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!

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The Iconic Supernova Kelpies 5k Returns!

The Iconic Supernova Kelpies 5k Returns!

Go on a thrilling journey of light and sound in this unforgettable sensory 5k night time run.

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Why did Losing my Pumpkin Feel like Losing my Baby Again?

Why did Losing my Pumpkin Feel like Losing my Baby Again?

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.

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Supporting a Friend After Baby Loss

Supporting a Friend After Baby Loss

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.

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Pregnancy and Baby Loss Resources

Pregnancy and Baby Loss Resources

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. 

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Edinburgh Kiltwalk

Edinburgh Kiltwalk

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!

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The Silence of Miscarriage

The Silence of Miscarriage

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.

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Men’s Experience of Miscarriage

Men’s Experience of Miscarriage

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.

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Scotland's Virtual Kiltwalk

Scotland's Virtual Kiltwalk

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!

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Men's 10k

Men's 10k

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.

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Grieving in a Global Pandemic

Grieving in a Global Pandemic

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.

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The Impact of Transitions and How to Cope with Them

The Impact of Transitions and How to Cope with Them

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.

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Delayed Grief

Delayed Grief

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.

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Kilomathon

Kilomathon

Dare to be different with Kilomathon: 13.1K, 6.5K and Mini Kilo distances to choose from.

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Journal Writing Through Grief

Journal Writing Through Grief

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.

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Letter Writing: Continuing Conversations

Letter Writing: Continuing Conversations

Cruse Scotland volunteer, Mo Szulejewska, describes how letter writing can help to continue a relationship with a loved one who has died.

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Poetry Writing Through Grief

Poetry Writing Through Grief

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.

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Helping Children & Young People Through Bereavement

Helping Children & Young People Through Bereavement

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.

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Baby Loss Awareness: Danielle's Story

Baby Loss Awareness: Danielle's Story

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.

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