Where to Turn:

A guide to bereavement support.

Why this chapter was included.

Death and grief are human experiences, yet these experiences tend to be different for every individual. As a result there is no single action or process a survivor goes through to resolve and recover from his or her grief.

There is a saying which many people have found to be true - "Grief share, is grief diminished." In other words, if we will share our sadness, our loss with others - a close friend, or perhaps a new acquaintance who has had a similar experience, we may feel better as a result.

Over the years a number of groups have organised to share their experiences with others, to offer support, understanding and friendship. Such groups typically offer helpful information and literature, individualised counselling or group discussions, educational programs and pleasant social interaction.

From the list on the following pages, we have noted those special groups or agencies which may provide you with assistance.

Salvo Care Line Crisis Centre - 9331 6000
A support group for those who have lost someone through death.

Who is the Group for?
Anyone who is grieving a loss through death.

When does it meet?
One session a week, for six to eight weeks.

Why have a Group?
Talking about grief helps the healing. It is very comforting to talk with others who are also grieving - they have a special empathy, and you realise you are not alone.

What happens in the Group?
People are invited to share their feelings in a supportive, non-judgemental atmosphere. There is opportunity to grapple with issues and to learn more about the grief process. We aim to help people accept themselves and grow through their grieving.

Who facilitates?
Counsellors trained and experienced in group facilitation.

No charge.

Lifeline - 9951 5577
24 hours a day.

Just a call away.

Lifeline provides a crisis intervention and support service 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The easy accessibility of Lifeline by phone - together with the anonymity it provides - makes it easier to talk about any kind of problem or worry. And Lifeline's commitment to confidentiality means callers can talk in complete confidence.

We have Counsellors that you can come in and talk with. about your sadness, your concerns, the future.

Support is available for you. This is a free service.

Lifeline in Australia was founded in Sydney, March 1963. Lifeline now has 38 centres throughout Australia and reaches more than 80% of the population.

Grief Support Inc. - 9489 6644
24 hours.

What Grief Support Offers
24 hours telephone service; provided by trained volunteers. We offer an empathic listening ear. Through out own loss experiences we are sensitive to the needs of grieving people. All calls are confidential and anonymous. We are able to refer callers to other appropriate community services and agencies.

About Grief Support Volunteers
All Grief Support volunteers must have experienced a close and personal loss and undergo an intensive training programme. Thereafter they attend fortnightly workshops which provide continuing education, training support and guidance. Both training and workshops are supervised by a professional advisory panel.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Association of New South Wales (SIDS)
24 hours emergency line - (02) 9639 6969
Office Hours general enquiries - (02) 9639 5343

Solace Association Inc.
Solace conducts twice monthly support meetings for widows and widowers in a number of locations throughout Australia. Phone (02) 9519 2820.

Parents Without Partners
Information and referral, lone parent family development and mutual support groups are available to parents who are widowed or divorced regardless. NSW (02) 9896 1888 ACT (02) 6248 6333.