GriefLink: Australian National Bushfire Emergency 2019 – 2020
We at GriefLink are very aware of the devastating impact of this summer’s Australian Bushfire Emergency. People have lost family members and friends, property of various sizes, livestock, wild animals and pets, income, as well as a sense of security and future. We are also aware that, according to current forecasts, the emergency will continue for the next few months, and this can leave people with a heightened sense of insecurity and fear. Volunteer firefighters have spent longer battling these blazes than ever before, and experience their own sense of exhaustion and emotional confusion while working with all their strength and ingenuity to deal with the enormity of the problem before them.
As a national family, we may all be asking how we can best support the people directly affected by the fires and prepare ourselves for future events like this.
We are aware of the emotional turmoil and grief which so many people are going through now and into the future; we know that dealing with grief of any kind is something which takes time and support.
To all those affected by the fires, please know that you are in our thoughts now and into the future.
We hope that you will find some of the information and links on our website a comfort as you deal with the many different feelings or emotions you may be experiencing.
For information specifically about bushfires, trauma and grief, click here.
Please don’t hesitate to seek help if you are feeling despairing or overwhelmed.
The GriefLink Management Committee
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 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 awarded in 2018, 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 new pages by clicking on the “Suicide” link in the Header.