We are all caught up in the COVID-19 pandemic, almost certainly one of the worst crises many of us will have faced in our lives.
There are so many strands:
- the threat to our health and the health of those we love,
- the possibility of losing someone we love and not being able to say goodbye
- the threat to our livelihood and future, and the despair that can follow for people who have little to fall back on
- we may be feeling alone and isolated
- the above strands can combine for some people, leading to thoughts about suicide, and the possibility of acting on such thoughts
Whilst governments are doing all they can to provide support, we also need to look out for one another.
Grief is a normal reaction, not only to the loss of someone we love, but also to the many losses we are all experiencing now. Please use the GriefLink pages to help understand the grief you may be experiencing, how to cope with that grief, or support someone in their grief.
Read more about Facing Coronavirus.
If you need to talk to someone immediately you can call
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- The SA Health Mental Health Helpline 1800 632 753 which operates 8.00am to 8.00pm, 7 days a week.
10 April, 2020
Welcome to GriefLink
GriefLink provides information for people who are dealing with the grief caused by the death of someone close to them, and for those who are supporting them. The death of someone we know is something we all face at some time in our life, and grief is a normal reaction to this loss. Read more.
The impact of grief is often underestimated, and so it can be hard to know what is ‘normal’ and what you can do to cope. GriefLink can help you find information about different experiences of grief, the feelings and reactions you or those you care for might be experiencing, and things that can help. You can also check out your knowledge about grief so you can work out which resources about grief might be helpful for you or others.
GriefLink does not provide counselling support for those grieving. If such support is required, you can find links to other useful organisations who provide support or information for the bereaved at the bottom of each GriefLink page. If the matter is urgent, please contact LifeLine (13 11 14), Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636) or Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) for immediate help.
GriefLink is maintained by a team based in South Australia, so some of the support information provided may be specific to that State. We hope, however, that the information provided on this site will be helpful to all visitors.
Please download our pamphlet for information about grief and the GriefLink website…
Grief following a death by suicide is profound and far-reaching. It is never easy to experience, whether it comes without warning or after a long struggle with illness. Following a South Australian Suicide Prevention Community Grant, GriefLink has been able to expand the information and support provided for those who have been bereaved through, or touched by, suicide. You can find these pages by clicking on the “Suicide” link in the Header.