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Supporting People Experiencing Trauma and Loss

About us

PETAL was established in 1994 and is the most recognised, and longest serving Criminal Justice bereavement support organisation in Scotland. This service is specifically for people who are victims affected by serious crime Murder or Culpable Homicide (and Suicide). And we support those close family members who are experiencing the bereavement trauma, grief, and loss, in any area of Scotland.

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Our professional service for bereaved people is supported by Scottish Government and other funders. The PETAL service provision is FREE and we provide a safe and confidential environment, where those experiencing bereavement grief and loss, as a direct result of murder/homicide or suicide only.

This service provision includes children and young people (12-24 years old at this time). As a ‘duty of care’ to bereaved people self-referring, or being referred by another support agency, PETAL Support will decide if our service meets the immediate needs of the person, and advice will be given if another more suitable service is available (this may be within the NHS for example).

PETAL provides support – irrespective of the time of the event – and aims to provide each new client with the support they need within fourteen days from initial contact (if the referral protocol is achieved).

PETAL is a registered Charity with no affiliation to any religious or political party and is open to all sections of the community.

We offer services from offices in Hamilton, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, however PETAL also offer our services across Scotland by online/telephone platform. Please note: Currently PETAL can offer face-to-face therapy (murder/homicide), however the majority of therapy/counseling is available by on-line platform or telephone support at this time. 

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