GriefLink was re-launched on February 20th at Anglicare SA by Mrs Lan Le, wife of His Excellency the Governor of South Australia, The Honourable Hieu Van Le AC.
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon!
I am delighted to join you here at Anglicare Hindmarsh for the relaunch of the GriefLink website.
At some stage, loss and grief are very much a part of everyone’s lives.
But it is a part of life for which we are often unprepared.
We may not know how to cope with grief, who to speak to, or where to turn for help when we need it most.
The deep effect that a bereavement may have on someone can be underestimated by themselves and others.
People may not know how to interact with friends, loved ones or colleagues who are dealing with their grief.
The GriefLink website provides invaluable pointers and advice to enable people to understand what grief may feel like, and how to face it.
It also has signposts for where to go for further help.
The website is written as if a warm, caring and understanding person is there to help smooth the way.
As a former social worker, I know the value of people being gently guided and supported through their individual journey.
I am sure this resource will be invaluable to bereaved people and their families, friends and carers; as well as support groups and health-and-welfare organisations.
Now that the update includes optimisation for tablets, mobile phones and laptops, the information will be more accessible.
Thank you to all the organisations who have supported GriefLink since its inception in 1999 – particularly the volunteers who manage the site.
You are all helping to make a difference to people’s lives at a critical time.