Grief is the normal, healthy process of coping with the death of a loved one, or the separation from someone we have highly valued in life.
This journey of grief can be frightening, painful and sometimes lonely. It can include physical distress as well as emotional distress. It is a journey which is different for every person. It is not predictable.
Each person's grief is unique and each person will grieve in a way which is right for them.
Grieving can be hard work. This is a time to reach out to others for comfort and encouragement as you allow yourself the time and compassion to mourn.
Encourage the person to share their feelings and their memories. Grief is experienced by men and women, boys and girls, young and old.
Bereaved friends can feel they are a burden or that they are intruding. Offer practical and emotional support. However, some people may decline help even when it is needed.
Don't try to hide your own grief. You may also have been a friend of the deceased. Do not be afraid to show your own grief. Crying together can be a way of sharing your experience.
Show the person that you haven't forgotten them. A card or a phone call on special occasions, like birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas can be very comforting.
You don't have to rely on words. A squeeze of the hand, a touch on the shoulder, an embrace is sometimes more comforting than words.
If you require assistance during this time, please ask staff to contact the Social Worker (telephone 3139 4443).
They can assist you with immediate help at the time of death of your loved one.
Social Workers offer support, education and referral to community agencies as needed.
A referral to a Social Worker in the community can also be arranged to assist you with long term grief support if needed.
For a list of counselling services in your local area, click on the icon below or try looking in the white pages:
|Counselling Services (PDF 10kb)|
Many people experience a range of emotions when they know someone has died. This booklet is designed to help you understand some of the feelings you may be experiencing. Click on the icon to the left to read the booklet.
|Grief and Loss: Growing Stronger (PDF 100 kb)|
The time following the death of a loved one can be particularly confusing especially if the death was sudden and unexpected. To assist you with the practical matters, we have prepared this guide to help you through this difficult time. Click on the icon on the left to read this guide.
|Practical Guidance When Someone Has Died (PDF 330kb)|
This booklet is a guide to the options and payments from Centrelink to support you if you need assistance after someone has died. It also provides a useful list of whom to notify after someone dies. If you would like further information, you can contact your local Centrelink office in person, or visit www.centrelink.gov.au. Click on the icon on the left to read this document.
|Needing Help After Someone Has Died (Centrelink website)|