Acorns Bereavement Support Service

The Acorns Bereavement Support Service (ABSS) runs bereavement support programmes for bereaved people in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Each programme runs for six weeks and covers a range of topics relating to grief, loss and bereavement. ABSS offers four programmes throughout the year, one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and two in the evenings, in different locations in Edinburgh.

The programmes are aimed at those in the first year of loss, but are open to anyone who feels they might benefit from time shared with others in a group setting. Programmes take place in community settings e.g. libraries and community centres. The settings are intended to ensure the comfort of participants.

ABSS does not provide one-to-one counselling services, although there is some provision of information for those interested in counselling and other support services.

The programmes are designed to reassure those going through their journey of loss and restore confidence that there is a viable future for them. There is a group focus on normalising feelings surrounding loss – one participant described the programme as ‘a tool-kit for self-help’.

Service Categories



This service is available to residents of all parts of Edinburgh

Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

Adults living in the Lothians who are coping with a bereavement


Self Referral

This service accepts direct self referrals.

Contact Info. & Service Address

Acorns Bereavement Support Service
c/o William Purves
318 Ferry Road

Office Hours

Monday to Saturday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Service Contact

Tel: 0131 208 1882

Facilities & Access

This service has the following facilities:

  • Public Parking
    Varies according to venue.
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Facilities and access depend on venue and locality.
  • Creche facilities are not available at this location.


Public Transport Information

All the venues utilised by Acorns are on good bus-routes.

Lothian Buses Site for routes and timetables.

Provider's Name: Acorns Bereavement Support Service

Type: Charity/Voluntary

Services run by this provider

Service Contact

Tel: 0131 208 1882

Office Hours

Monday to Saturday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

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