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When you are bereaved you have to cope with a world which seems to have fallen apart. In practical terms, your life may have changed dramatically. You may have much less money, or you may be better off financially. You may be eating and sleeping alone for the first time, or be faced with household jobs which you used to share with the person who died. Losing a close family member or an old friend can mean that you have no one who shares your childhood memories and family jokes.

After the shock of a bereavement, it can take a long time for you to get back to anything near the person you were before. It is important to look after yourself, to eat properly and to get plenty of rest while you are going through the extreme emotions of grief. Avoid making any important decisions while you are still in a state of shock.

Try not to hurry the healing process; take it at your own pace. Try not to hide your feelings; talk about the person you have lost with your family, a close friend or a sympathetic group. And if you ever feel you need to talk to someone, but have nowhere to turn, get in touch with Cruse Bereavement Care or The Samaritans. The guide 'What to do when someone dies' from Age Scotland partner Age UK includes practical information about registering a death and arranging a funeral.

The Scottish Government have prepared a factsheet of practice advice about what to do when someone dies.

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