Bereavement counselling

If you have lost a loved one to motor neuron disease (MND), you are not alone. We are here to support you through this difficult time and to help you find the support you need.

We offer free bereavement counselling that gives you access to up to 12 one-to-one counselling sessions with a qualified therapist.

Apply to use our free Counselling Service

When someone you love dies of MND, it can feel very distressing, isolating and confusing, and there is no right or wrong way to express grief.

Talking to someone outside your family or circle of friends may help you better understand your feelings and manage your difficult circumstances.

Our free bereavement counselling is available to you three months after your loved one has passed away. You can access this service if you’re aged over 18, live in Scotland and:

Have lost someone to MND who you provided unpaid care for


Are an immediate family member of someone who had MND, e.g. spouse, partner, son, daughter, parent

How our counselling could help you

Our Counselling Service could help you manage your situation by:

Allowing you to speak openly about complex and painful emotions

Making you feel better equipped to look towards the future

Helping you work through the different stages of grief

Helping you adapt to life without your loved one

Reducing the sense of fear, anxiety or depression you may be feeling

Giving you new ways to think and manage difficult feelings

"There were lots of tears, some laughter but I was able to understand why it had taken me so long to accept that counselling was needed and also to realise that it was okay to feel the way I did and that there wasn’t a time frame for grief. I’m certainly glad I approached MND Scotland for support, it wasn’t easy for me to do that, but I’m glad I did."

Kirsty MacLean, who lost her husband to MND

How to access our Counselling Service

Need urgent help?

If you need to speak to someone right now about difficult emotions you’re experiencing, you can reach out to:

What happens after you’re referred

If you’re referred to our Counselling Service, we’ll contact you to identify your needs and make sure you're suitable for the service.

If you are suitable, you’ll be able to access up to 12 free one-to-one counselling sessions. Each session usually lasts up to one hour and takes place once a week. But we can be flexible to meet your needs and availability.

Apply for counselling support

Counselling Referral Form (1)

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Once you have submitted this form we will review your application and respond within five working days.

Financial support

Following the death of the person you cared for, there may be many practical issues to deal with, including claiming financial support you’re entitled to. Taking care of these issues while dealing with the emotional impact of your bereavement can be very difficult. You are not alone. We can help to make claiming benefits one less worry for you. 

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