Marie Curie Day of Reflection
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Today marks the annual Marie Curie Day of Reflection, a day dedicated to remembering those close to us who have died. There is a particular emphasis this year on loss of loved ones experienced during the pandemic, during which time many people were sadly unable to properly grieve.

On behalf of all at COSLA I send thoughts to all those who experienced loss and pain during the pandemic, as many of our own Local Government workers and their families have, and I hope that it will provide some comfort that this national day of reflection will be recognised as one in which we can share our grief and loss.

I also take this opportunity to remind people dealing with grief and loss that you are not alone and there are a large number of services available both locally and nationally who can support with grief. Marie Curie’s own support line is one of these, and we will be adding a list of these services to the COSLA website.

Councillor Shona Morrison
COSLA President

Services which can help with grief and loss

Marie Curie's support line: Call for free on 0800 090 2309 or email us at to speak with our trained team.

Cruse Scotland: Free bereavement support and care. Free Helpline: 0808 802 6161 Monday to Friday 9am - 8pm, weekends 10am - 2pm.

Child Bereavement UK :  Providing confidential support for grieving individuals, families and professionals. Call: 0800 02 888 40 or email:  (open 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays)).

Winston's Wish:  Freephone Helpline on 08088 020 021 for expert advice, information and bereavement support for grieving children, young people and adults supporting them (open 8am - 8pm, Monday to Friday).

Samaritans: Confidential listening and support for anyone who needs to talk, or is experiencing thoughts of suicide or despair. Call116 123 (24 hours a day, every day) or email:

Breathing Space: For anyone experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. Call: 0800 83 85 87 (open Monday to Thursday, 6pm to 2am & Friday to Monday, 6pm to 6am).