Family and carers – St Columba’s Hospice Palliative Care, Edinburgh

Care for you

The Family Support Team is a multidisciplinary team working with patients, carers and bereaved relatives to help them adjust to diagnosis, illness, and bereavement. The team provides:

• Information
• Counselling for adults (patients, carers, bereaved relatives)
• Pre and post bereavement support for children, young people and their families
• Bereavement support groups
• Chaplaincy
• Social Work

To find out more about our Family Support Team services pleas call 0131 551 7760.

When someone has an incurable illness

When someone has an incurable illness it can be challenging not only for the patient, but for their family and friends too. The illness can bring about changes in your day-to-day life, finances and relationships which can feel difficult to cope with. We hope the information in this section will help.

After a death

When someone dies it can cause painful feelings of loss. There are also a number of practical tasks which will need to be completed. The information in this section will help you understand the steps that will need to be taken after someone dies and will let you know how to access bereavement support.

Sources of support

Breathing Space

Information and support line for anyone feeling stressed or overwhelmed

Tel: 0800 83 85 87

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Telephone helpline

Tel: 116 123

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Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland

Bereavement Support Helpline

Tel: 0845 600 2227

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Edinburgh Crisis Centre

For anyone experiencing a mental health crisis in Edinburgh

Tel: 0808 801 0414

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Information and support for those caring for someone who is ill or frail

Tel: 0131 622 6666

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Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief

Support for communities and individuals during hard times that can come with bereavement

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Anxiety UK

Information and support for people experiencing anxiety

Tel: 03444 775 774

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Attend a video consultation

A video call is very similar to a face-to-face appointment. You will get the same care. Consultations will be pre-arranged by phone with one of our team and full instructions on how to use the system will be provided.

Attend video consultation