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Bereavement Support

The loss of a family member, friend or loved one is a traumatic experience that no one should go through alone. In Orkney, there are a variety of services on offer than can help people plan their way through the process of organising a funeral.

There are also several counselling centres available in the county that can provide advice and assistance throughout the bereavement process.

Counselling Centres


Telephone: 0808 802 6161

National telephone number: 0808 802 6161

CRUSE is a national organisation offering support to the bereaved through counselling and social activities. The Orkney branch of CRUSE started in 1991 and holds regular social meetings and covers all areas of the county.

Orkney Citizens Advice Bureau

Anchor Buildings, 6 Bridge Street, Kirkwall.

Telephone: 01856875266

The Citizens Advice Bureau is independent and provides free, confidential, impartial advice to everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexuality or disability.


43 Junction Road, Kirkwall.

Telephone: 01856875875

National Phone Number: 08457909090

Samaritans are available 24 hours a day and offers confidential emotional support. Trained volunteers provide this free service.

Cot Death Research and Support

Mrs I Croy, 8 Queen Street, Kirkwall.

Telephone: 01856873445.

This organisation offers support to bereaved parents and families and can supply information on current research.