The death of a loved one is a difficult time for family and friends.
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
If you're struggling, it may help to talk to someone. the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement can help you deal with your loss. It can also put you in touch with support groups.
1800 642 066
Council on the Ageing Victoria
Council on the Ageing Victoria has seen the complexities families face after the death of a family member.
They have developed a free, practical guide that tells you what you need to do after the death of a partner. The guide includes a checklist and instructions. It also has contact details for organisations that can help. It covers topics including:
- Funerals, burials and cremation
- Settling the estate
- Accessing and closing accounts
- Providing notification of the death
- Looking after yourself.
Read more about Death of a Partner: a guide for families
The Compassionate Friends Victoria
The Compassionate Friends Victoria support parents, siblings and grandparents in the event of the death of a child. This can be of any age or from any cause.
Their team members have each experienced the loss of a child, sibling or grandchild.
They use their lived experience to provide peer support for grieving family members. When you contact them, you will be speaking to a person who has common experiences to you.
They provide a range of support services and activities to help you cope with your grief.
1300 064 068 – 24 hour grief support line.
Griefline is a national service. It offers free support to anyone experiencing grief, facing any loss. It provides a compassionate space for people to express their grief without judgement.
Griefline also offers:
- Bereavement support groups
- Online forums
- Self-care information
- Grief education, and
You can also book a call with a trained volunteer grief support person at a time that is convenient to you.
1300 845 745 – Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm AEST
Book a call 7 days a week: https://griefline.org.au/get-help/book-a-call/
Other sources of help
Your local council can also help you find counsellors and support programs in your area.