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What to say to someone recently bereaved

What to say to someone recently bereaved

What do you say to someone who has been bereaved? That has to be such a hard conversation. And because it is, we tend to avoid it don’t we?The more awkward we feel, the more we back away both emotionally and physically – especially in a new socially distancing...
Making it count

Making it count

  During the harshest of times, we arranged the final journey of Mr Gordon Reid as friends, colleagues, loved ones and even strangers on the street, pay their respects to a much loved cabbie from the capital. BBC Good Morning Scotland (2.35-2.40)...
Stephen Jardine on BBC Radio Scotland interviewed with Tim Purves

Stephen Jardine on BBC Radio Scotland interviewed with Tim Purves

This morning our Chairman Tim Purves spoke to Stephen Jardine on BBC Radio Scotland about the changes to funerals and the challenges that we have faced in recent days. Although funerals have changed significantly, we are committed to helping families plan a dignified...
Adapting to help grieving families – STV Scotland Tonight Interview

Adapting to help grieving families – STV Scotland Tonight Interview

Watch our Director Andrew Purves on STVs Scotland Tonight show explaining how we are adapting to ensure bereaved families get the highest levels of service during these incredibly difficult circumstances. We also want to thank the Hawkes family for allowing STV to...
Supporting families throughout lockdown

Supporting families throughout lockdown

It was our privilege to be able to look after the family of Mr Eddie Goodall who agreed to their father’s funeral service being documented for a moving photo essay on yesterday’s Guardian online. Mr Goodall died of CV-19 earlier this month and his funeral would...
Call to revive funeral tradition during coronavirus lockdown

Call to revive funeral tradition during coronavirus lockdown

William Purves has been leading a campaign to revive a tradition of bowing for pausing passing hearses. This mark of respect supports a bereaved family who, because of CV-19 restrictions, may not be able attend the funeral. The campaign launched on Facebook last month...
More financial help to pay for 2020 funerals

More financial help to pay for 2020 funerals

We applaud the additional support made available for families to pay for funerals from the Scottish Government as of 1 April 2020. Low income families can now claim £1000 towards the expenses related to a funeral. This increase of £300 represents the first rise in a...
New Paid Bereavement Leave for Working Parents

New Paid Bereavement Leave for Working Parents

We welcome the news that from April 2020, working parents who lose a child under the age of 18 will be eligible to two weeks paid bereavement leave. The new legal right is called “Jack’s Law” in memory of Jack Herd, whose mother campaigned for employed...