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Coping with the death of a loved one

When someone has died of a drug-related death a range of emotions and
are likely to be experienced by loved ones. As well as shock and numbness, this can include sadness, anger, guilt, relief, despair and fear.
 
The Scotish Government booklet Overdose: Bereavement. What Happens Now? aims to assist people who have been bereaved as a result of suspected drugs overdose by explaining some of the procedures that can take place following an overdose, coping with grief, and sources of additional help.
 
Information on the death
 
Bereaved family and loved ones seeking information on a drug-related death or suspected drug-related death are advised to contact The Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service.
 
Sources of emotional support
 
Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland is a registered charity which offers free bereavement care and support to people who have experienced the loss of someone close.
 
Breathing Space is a free and confidential phone line service for any individual, who is experiencing low mood or depression, or who is unusually worried and in need of someone to talk to.
 
Samaritans provides confidential non-judgmental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.
 
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD) supports families across Scotland that are affected by drug misuse and helps and supports those agencies that in turn represent and support such families. SFAD aims to reduce this isolation and stigma.
 
Sources of practical support (including financial advice)