Bereavement and Loss Support Service

The Bereavement and Loss Support Service is for adults aged 16 years and older, who live within West Dunbartonshire.

We offer ongoing support to manage the distressing impact of bereavement and loss. In some cases, the people who use the service will require support such as signposting to other services. We expect that people will develop coping skills that lead to an improvement in their mental health and well-being. For instance, we may see people return to work a lot sooner, or start to enjoy life a bit more.

How to access this service

Those who wish to use this service can self-refer by calling Stepping Stones on 01419412929, or emailing admin@stepstones.org.uk. Support agencies, carers or GP’s can also make the referral.

Once the referral is received support staff will talk to the person about their support needs. Support staff are experienced in holding these initial discussions in a way that is sensitive to the person who needs support.

Once allocated a worker, the person will have access to one-to–one support and/or counselling. Furthermore, they will have the option of attending a therapeutic support group in Stepping Stones.

Later on, they will have access to peer support groups to help them manage their feelings when the inevitable triggers occur. Peer support groups will be open to those people who may require less intensive support.

We are living in uncertain times. As a result, we believe that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic will see an increase in demand for a bereavement and loss support service. It is great that the WDHSCP recognises this and made the additional service available to the local population.

John White, Operations Director

Other bereavement and loss services are available by clicking here.

More information about making a referral to Stepping Stones is here.